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Mac Schneider quiet about rumor he will run for U.S. House

GRAND FORKS -- A former minority leader in the North Dakota Senate was staying quiet Saturday, March 3, on rumors he was joining the race for the U.S. House.

Mac Schneider sent a text to Forum Communications blogger Rob Port on Saturday after Port reported that an unnamed source told him Schneider planned to make the announcement Tuesday.

“Thanks for reaching out this morning,” Schneider told Port in the text. “I don’t have anything official to announce today, but I can confirm I’m at my desk calling delegates presently.”

Schneider has said in the past he would not run for the U.S. Senate in 2018. Forum News Service was unable to reach Schneider on Saturday.

Scott McNeil, executive director of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party said he could not confirm whether Schneider planned a Tuesday announcement.

“That would be a question for Mac Schneider,” he said. “I know right now he is calling delegates and considering a run for the U.S. House. There’s already a contested nomination for the U.S. House, and that shows the excitement North Dakota Democrats have in 2018.”

The two other Democrats seeking the nomination are Ben Hanson and John Grabinger.

Kelly Armstrong, Tom Campbell and Tiffany Abentroth are seeking the Republican Party nomination.