Heitkamp raises $1.6 million for reelection bid: report

Heitkamp raises $1.6 million for reelection bid: report

Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Defense: Senate confirms Haspel as CIA chief | Trump offers Kim 'protections' if he gives up nukes | Dem amendments target Trump military parade Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers Senate confirms Haspel to head CIA MORE (D-N.D.) raised $1.6 million in the first quarter of 2017 as she gears up for what is expected to be a fierce and highly contested reelection bid next year, Politico reported Wednesday.

Heitkamp is expected to enter the second quarter — April through June — with more than $2 million cash on hand. What's more, the $1.6 million raised in the first three months of 2017 marks the largest haul of any other North Dakota senatorial contender in the first quarter of a nonelection year, according to Politico.

By comparison, the news outlet noted that Sen. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenGOP lawmakers want Trump to stop bashing Congress Chao names participants selected for drone pilot program Lobbying World MORE (R-N.D.) raised $1.3M during the first quarter of his first Senate run in 2010.ˇ

President Trump won North Dakota by more than 100,000 votes in November, making Heitkamp's seat a prime target for Republicans looking to expand their Senate majority in the 2018 midterms. 

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Heitkamp has not officially declared whether she will run for reelection, though she is expected to. She does not yet have a Republican challenger, but Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) has been a rumored pick. Politico reported that he met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP lawmakers want Trump to stop bashing Congress Parkland father calls out Trump, McConnell, Ryan after Santa Fe shooting Overnight Finance: House rejects farm bill in conservative revolt | NAFTA deal remains elusive as talks drag on | Dodd-Frank rollback set for House vote MORE (R-Ky.) late last year to discuss a challenge to Heitkamp.

Heitkamp is among a handful of Senate Democrats facing reelection bids in states Trump won by large margins. Among them are Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump to hold Nashville rally amid efforts to boost GOP Senate hopeful Voters Dems need aren't impressed by anti-waterboarding showboating Overnight Finance: House rejects farm bill in conservative revolt | NAFTA deal remains elusive as talks drag on | Dodd-Frank rollback set for House vote MORE (W.Va.), Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyVoters Dems need aren't impressed by anti-waterboarding showboating Overnight Defense: Senate confirms Haspel as CIA chief | Trump offers Kim 'protections' if he gives up nukes | Dem amendments target Trump military parade Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers MORE (Ind.) and Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillCalif. gov candidates battle for second place Senate panel advances Trump's CIA nominee Five votes to watch in fight over Trump's CIA nominee MORE (Mo.).