United States Senate candidate withdraws from the race

Former ND GOP Chairman Gary Emineth says he's no longer running for United States Senate. 

This news comes less than two weeks after he made headlines saying he was pursuing the seat.

In an email he sent to supporters, he officially announced that he is withdrawing his name from candidacy, pointing to Congressman Kevin Cramer's potential pursuit of the position his reason for bowing out. 

The email reads:

"While Congressman Cramer was my first choice to take on Heidi Heitkamp at the outset, I have to admit I had warmed up to the idea of taking her on myself.  The timing seemed right if not serendipitous; I was ready to go.

However, given his decision to enter the race, I find myself unwilling to take on a popular incumbent who has done much to endear himself to his constituents ..."

Emineth goes on to say that Republicans "must rally the troops and unite to endorse the candidates for both the House and Senate who have the best shot at winning the election this fall."

Republican State Senator Tom Campbell and Minot Republican Paul Schaffner are currently vying for the GOP's nomination to take on U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

Congressman Kevin Cramer, who in January said he would not pursue Senator Heitkamp's seat, is reportedly re-considering that decision. We are awaiting comment from Congressman Cramer.

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