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Emineth won't run for US House in North Dakota

Owner Gary Emineth talks about how customers will order either their burgers or burritos Thursday at Padrón Chile in Grand Forks. Photo by Tim Albrecht/Grand Forks Herald

BISMARCK—Former North Dakota Republican Party Chairman Gary Emineth said Monday, Feb. 19, he won't run for the U.S. House this year.

Emineth considered running for Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer's seat now that the congressman has decided to challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Emineth dropped his own Senate bid last week to make way for Cramer.

Cramer's announcement also prompted Republican state Sen. Tom Campbell to switch from the U.S. Senate race to the House contest. Several other Republicans have at least expressed interest in that seat as well.

Meanwhile, Republican Paul Schaffner said Monday he will run for the House instead of the Senate. The Minot man carries legal baggage into the race after being found guilty of trying to solicit a prostitute late last year. He's appealing that conviction.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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