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Commentary: Rep. Kevin Cramer expected to meet with President Donald Trump Tuesday ahead of likely Senate run

U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer speaks at a policy summit hosted by the Americans for Prosperity-North Dakota on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at the Avalon Events Center in Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

It’s safe to move North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer from the “undecided” to “likely to run” column for the 2018 U.S. Senate race.

According to multiple sources Cramer will be meeting with President Donald Trump on Tuesday this week to discuss the matter, and the indications I’m getting almost universally from Republican political circles is that Cramer will almost certainly be in the Senate race against incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp.

Cramer has claimed before that Trump is encouraging him to run for the Senate. He has also been increasing his visibility in the national media. Cramer was on Fox News on Friday discussing the Congressional investigation into the FBI’s handling of the now-infamous Trump Dossier, and I’m told Cramer will be appearing on CNN on New Year’s Day.

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