The worst kept secret in North Dakota politics right now is that Congressman Kevin Cramer is, finally, going to be announcing a run for the U.S. Senate on Friday.
This, from a staffer for Governor Doug Burgum, makes it pretty clear what’s happening:
Nobody holds a rally to announced that they’re not running for the U.S. Senate. Plus, I can add that sources close to Cramer are telling me he’s in.
So, he’s in.
I don’t think Cramer and Republicans could afford to drag this out any longer. Cramer’s indecision on this matter has turned his entrance into the Senate race into a national story. That’s good for him. He’s got the wind at his back as he begins his campaign against one-term incumbent Senator Heidi Heitkamp.
But any more dithering and Cramer risks the public’s excitement into frustration and derision.
So Friday it is.
I think I’ll stand by my original contention. This Senate race between Cramer and Heitkamp is going to be a clash of the political titans.
Get your popcorn and buckle up.
UPDATE: Cramer’s campaign Facebook page now lists a Senate announcement event: