With one week until Election Day, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp encouraged a room full of voters Tuesday in Grand Forks to hurry to the polls and cast their ballots.
Heitkamp, who is seeking re-election on Nov. 6, was joined Tuesday evening at the Alerus Center by several other Democratic candidates for state and federal levels of government, including Joshua Boschee for North Dakota secretary of state, Mac Schneider for the U.S. House and Kylie Oversen for state tax commissioner. The rally was a floor above where Grand Forks County held early voting.
"All of our great legislative candidates don't win unless every single person in this room steps up," Oversen told attendees.
Former U.S. House Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., also took the stage to endorse all of the Dem-NPL candidates present.
Heitkamp, an incumbent running for her second term, said it's all about "one-on-one voter contact" for these next seven days.
"We want them to vote," Heitkamp said. "And we want them to also encourage their neighbors and friends to go out and vote as well."
Her three most important topics in the U.S. Senate race are social security, health care and how tariffs impact North Dakota trade.
The same day, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, a Republican who is challenging Heitkamp for her seat, and other North Dakota GOP candidates prepared to meet with Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle, vice chairwoman of America First, for their own rally in Williston, ND, to electrify North Dakota voters.
"Donald Trump Jr.'s visit to North Dakota is a reminder to voters that President Trump's agenda is on the ballot this November," said Jake Wilkins, communications director for the state's GOP. "Heidi Heitkamp's opposition to the president's Supreme Court nominee, middle-class tax cuts and efforts to combat illegal immigration prove her record is out-of-touch with North Dakota voters."
Heitkamp's campaign violated no rules for setting up near early voting, according to County Auditor Debbie Nelson, who said the event was at least 100 feet away from the polling room.
Century Code states a person may not "ask, solicit or in any manner try to induce or persuade any voter within a polling place or within one hundred feet from the entrance to the room containing a polling place while it is open for voting to vote."
Early voting is available to Grand Forks County voters 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.