‘At this point, it’s really ours to lose…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The Democratic Party’s plan to retake the Senate in November depends on North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who is down in the polls significantly, according to Politico.
Republicans have had Heitkamp down by double digits in their private polling for weeks now, according to a GOP strategist working on Senate races.
Most Republicans think Rep. Kevin Cramer will come out on top.
And if he does, Democrats will have to scramble to win every other battleground race to take the Senate.
“At this point, it’s really ours to lose,” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said of the North Dakota race. “The race, probably to her detriment, has been nationalized around the Supreme Court and Trump.”
Democrats have acknowledged Heitkamp’s vote against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hurt her in the polls, but they argue that the race is much closer than the polls make it seem.
Heitkamp even admitted she’s lagging behind, but said in an interview Wednesday that there’s a chance Cramer could hurt his campaign. She noted comments Cramer had made on sexual harassment and Trump’s new trade deal with Canada.
“There’s a level of arrogance and rash statements that doesn’t reflect the typical North Dakota, common-sense contemplative, work-together kind of attitude,” Heitkamp said. “You can say all these crazy things, but sometimes the crazy things you say and how you behave has real consequences here.”
Heitkamp said she knows her vote against Kavanaugh hurt her, but she said she would have done it again, but she wanted to “do the right thing.”
She said it doesn’t make sense to “compromise what you think is the right thing because it may be the politically expedient thing.”
But she added that North Dakota voters will remember her for more than Kavanaugh.
“Things will change between now and the election,” she said.