Heitkamp is Trump's top choice for Agriculture secretary: report

Heitkamp is Trump's top choice for Agriculture secretary: report

Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampThe Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Trump wins 60 percent approval in rural areas of key states Pence to push new NAFTA deal in visit to Iowa MORE (D-N.D.) has emerged as President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE’s top choice for Agriculture secretary, Politico reported Saturday.

Heitkamp joining Trump's administration would require a special election to fill her Senate seat, which could flip to a Republican.

As The Hill reported Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump urges GOP to fight for him Senate Dems signal they'll support domestic spending package Trump's top picks for Homeland Security chief are ineligible for job: reports MORE (R-Ky.) met with Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), an early Trump backer, to discuss a potential future in the upper chamber.

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Cramer has said he plans to challenge Heitkamp in 2018. A bid to flip Heitkamp's seat red could increase the GOP's Senate majority.

A GOP source told the Hill that McConnell has been collaborating with the transition team.

“His message was 52 is a good number, but 53 or 54 is a lot better number. And the sooner the better,” the source said of the GOP’s majority in the Senate.

Trump has been considering Heitkamp for Agriculture or Energy secretary. The pair met earlier this month at Trump Tower in New York.