MINOT, N.D.—The 2018 election cycle was always going to be a high wire act for incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. An exercise in peeling off enough Republican voters from her Republican opponent to win without hemorrhaging so many voters from her liberal base that she loses.
For added difficulty, Heitkamp must pull this off while campaigning with an actual voting record for the first time in her political career.
Remember that the senator’s previous experience in elected office was all in the executive branch.
Unfortunately for Heitkamp and her supporters, the wire grows narrower.