Poll: GOP challenger narrowly leads Heitkamp in North Dakota

The Senate race in North Dakota between Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn Heitkamp70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents Susan Collins set to play pivotal role in impeachment drama Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA MORE (D) and Rep. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerRepublicans prepare to punt on next COVID-19 relief bill GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police Trump tweets spark fresh headache for Republicans MORE (R) is all but a toss-up, a poll released Monday found.

The Mason-Dixon poll showed Cramer with a 4-point lead over Heitkamp, which falls within the survey’s margin of error.

Forty-eight percent of voters said they would support Cramer if the election were held today, while 44 percent said they’d back Heitkamp. Another 8 percent said they are undecided. 

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The poll surveyed 625 adults in North Dakota between June 13-15. Its margin of error is 4 percentage points.

Heitkamp is among the most vulnerable senators up for reelection in November. President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE won North Dakota in the 2016 presidential election by roughly 36 percentage points over Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE.

The president is scheduled to make a trip to Fargo, N.D., on June 27, ostensibly to rally support for Cramer.

Cramer has recently expressed frustration with Trump’s perceived friendly relationship with Heitkamp. 

The president called her onto the stage at a tax event in North Dakota last year, and his staff invited her to a bill signing last month at the White House.

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