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Our view: Here's who is backing ND candidates for Senate

Heidi Heitkamp and Kevin Cramer

Herald editorial board

Tuesday, North Dakotans will vote in an election that could sway the power of national politics.

Incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer. With the balance of the U.S. Senate teetering, the North Dakota election could very well be one that decides which party has power for the immediate future.

The Senate has 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats (including two independents), and there are 35 seats up for election Tuesday. Of the seats being decided Tuesday, 26 are currently held by Democrats.

Here is a biographical refresher on both candidates, including a list of endorsements for each. The endorsement lists were provided Friday by the candidates after being requested by the Herald's editorial board.

CRAMER: Rep. Cramer has represented North Dakota in the U.S. House since 2013. Prior to serving in federal office, he was chairman of the state Republican Party, state tourism director, state economic development and finance director and was a member of the state Public Service Commission. He is a native of Kindred.

Cramer's endorsements: Forum Communications Co. newspapers; Minot Daily News; President Donald Trump; Vice President Pence; U.S. Sen. John Hoeven; Gov. Doug Burgum; former Gov. Ed Schafer; North Dakota Farm Bureau PAC; Friend of Farm Bureau; 2018 Fuel Growth Award-Ethanol; National Federation of Independent Business; Realtors Political Action Committee of North Dakota; Western Area Builders Association; Hispanic Business Roundtable Institute; National Rifle Association; North Dakota Right to Life; National Right to Life; Susan B. Anthony List; Farm Policy Alliance of North Dakota; FRC Action PAC; Homeschool Legal Defense Action PAC; Republican Jewish Coalition; Tea Party Express; Dickinson Area Builders Association; National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition; Huck PAC; retired Gen. Al Palmer; retired Maj. Gen. Mike Haugen; Medal of Honor recipient Clint Romesha.

HEITKAMP: Sen. Heitkamp has represented North Dakota in the Senate since 2013. Prior to that, she was state attorney general and also North Dakota tax commissioner. She is a native of Mantador.

Heitkamp's endorsements: Bismarck Tribune; Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown; former Vice President Joe Biden; former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel; National Border Patrol Council; North Dakota AFL-CIO; Alliance for Retired Americans; National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; North Dakota United; National Education Association; National Farmers Union PAC; National Association of Home Builders; American Federation of Government Employees; National Association of Social Workers; PL+US Action Fund; former Acting Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Mary Wakefield; and former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.