MINOT, N.D. — Over the last week it’s become clear that former Miss America Cara Mund, who announced an independent campaign for the U.S. House last month, has become the preferred candidate for left-of-center North Dakotans .
Now Mark Haugen, a pro-life Democrat who accepted the North Dakota Democratic-NPL’s nomination for the House earlier this year, says he’s bowing out of the race, and the reason is pressure he’s received from Mund’s supporters.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I am suspending my campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives and will be notifying the Secretary of State’s office of my decision on Tuesday,” he wrote in a press release. “Over the past several days, I have received pressure from many Democratic-NPL Party leaders and other activists on the far left to step away, since Cara Mund has entered the race. Much of the far left’s concern is my pro-life position for which I have refused to compromise. Knowing this, without the support from the Democratic -NPL party, I don’t see a viable path forward to winning this race.”
He says he will be holding a press conference on Labor Day to further explain his decision.