Print Column: Heidi Heitkamp Is Probably Running for Governor in 2020


MINOT, N.D. — Here’s a bold prediction: Former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is probably going to run for governor.

I don’t think she wants to be president of the University of North Dakota. Her name has been thrown around a bit for that job, and while she’s played coy when asked if she’d take the gig, that’s probably more ego than intent.

I think she has her eyes set on a higher prize than university president.

She has the money. According to her most recent filing with the FEC she has over $6 million in cash still sitting in her Senate campaign. There are no restrictions on Heitkamp donating all of that cash to her own gubernatorial campaign.

To put that figure into perspective, Burgum raised over $1.8 million for his 2016 campaign.

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