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North Dakota candidate quits Senate race; expects Cramer run

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 | 10:33 a.m.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Republican candidate for North Dakota's U.S. Senate seat says he's quitting the race because he expects GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer to challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp after all.

Gary Emineth said Tuesday he's talked with Cramer several times in the past week and expects him to enter the race.

Cramer announced in January he wouldn't run for Senate, despite a personal appeal from President Donald Trump. Emineth, who ran Cramer's congressional campaign in 2012, said Cramer has been getting pressure from party faithful to run for the seat.

Cramer did not immediately respond to calls Tuesday.

Emineth's departure leaves state Sen. Tom Campbell as the only major GOP challenger to Heitkamp.