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Trump tweets for North Dakota’s Cramer, criticizes Heitkamp

Updated Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 2:35 p.m.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump has tweeted congratulations to Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer for his "huge win" in North Dakota's Senate primary and included a jab at Cramer's fall opponent, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

Trump tweeted Wednesday that he "strongly" endorses Cramer in a Senate race seen as critical for control of the closely divided Senate.

Heitkamp has made her coziness with Trump and her ability to cross the aisle a selling point in her re-election bid.

But Trump says in his tweet that Heitkamp "always will vote no when we need her." He blasted her for voting against last year's tax cut legislation.

Trump carried North Dakota by 36 percentage points in the 2016 election.