In this Oct. 11, 2018, photo, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp talks to North Dakota State University students during a campaign event at the Fargo, N.D. college. Heitkamp is considered the underdog in her race against Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, who is running for Senate this time in a state that President Donald Trump won by 36 points. Heitkamp told the students that they can make a difference in the final outcome. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)

North Dakota Democrat Heitkamp scrambles to catch Cramer

October 14, 2018 - 8:33 am

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — An already tenuous bid for a second term has taken on new urgency for North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp since she voted against Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Heitkamp is scrambling to find her footing amid fears that the race against Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer is slipping away, and with it Democrats' slim hopes of a Senate majority.

Trailing in polls with barely three weeks until Election Day, Heitkamp plans to camp out in North Dakota and lean harder into the same strategy, relying heavily on the economic hit her export-heavy state has taken under the Trump administration's escalating trade war with China.

She also is considering a direct advertising attack on Cramer for awkward comments on sensitive subjects, especially related to the Kavanaugh confirmation.

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