Heitkamp ad highlights record as Senate race heats up

Heitkamp ad highlights record as Senate race heats up

Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction MORE (D-N.D.) launched a new ad on Friday that stresses her "effective" record as the senator gears up for a tough reelection race in November.

The 30-second ad, which was provided first to The Hill, touts her designation on the Center for Effective Lawmaking’s list of top 10 most effective senators. Heitkamp was ranked ninth among Democratic senators in the 114th Congress late last year.

The spot runs through a list of bills she’s helped pass, which includes her bipartisan work with several Republican colleagues. That includes ending the ban on crude oil exports with Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week MORE (R-Alaska) as well as passing the Border Security Act with then-Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteUS, allies must stand in united opposition to Iran’s bad behavior American military superiority will fade without bold national action Five possible successors to Mattis MORE (R-N.H.), which strengthened the northern border.

The ad is a six-figure TV buy and five-figure digital buy running statewide.

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“With Washington so divided, Heidi is a rare senator who doesn’t get bogged down by partisan politics – she knows both sides of the aisle have good ideas,” said Heitkamp campaign manager Libby Schneider. “Heidi brings small-town North Dakota common sense to the Senate, and that’s why she’s been successful getting real results for the folks she serves.”

In an interview with The Hill, Heitkamp said her ads this cycle have been positive, focused on her background and time as a senator. She noted that her opponent, Rep. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerSenators highlight threat from invasive species Overnight Defense: Top general wasn't consulted on Syria withdrawal | Senate passes bill breaking with Trump on Syria | What to watch for in State of the Union | US, South Korea reach deal on troop costs GOP senators think Trump would win vote on emergency declaration MORE (R-N.D.) has run negative spots targeting her.

Cramer’s latest ad criticizes Heitkamp for her support of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment MORE in 2016. President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE went on to win North Dakota by nearly 36 points.

“[The ads] have been more about me. It would be interesting to see the kinds of efforts he has led, not just voted for, but led,” Heitkamp said.

“Because all of the efforts we outlined in that ad, it’s not just that these things got done, these are things that I have led and worked very hard to get accomplished.”

North Dakota is expected to be one of the most competitive Senate races of the cycle. Heitkamp is one of 10 Senate Democrats up for reelection in a state that Trump won.

The latest independent poll out of North Dakota has Cramer with a narrow lead. A Mason-Dixon poll shows Cramer leading Heitkamp 48 to 44 percent, which is within the poll's margin of error.

But Cramer, who was recruited into the race by the president, has recently vented frustration with the White House and Trump’s relationship with Heitkamp. The Washington Post recently reported that Cramer got in touch with White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and the congressman has also publicly bashed Trump’s legislative affairs director Marc Short.

Unlike other vulnerable incumbents, Heitkamp hasn’t endured the same attacks from the president. Trump mentioned Heitkamp at a bill signing last month and he invited her onstage at a tax event in North Dakota last year.

Trump has held several campaign-style rallies in recent months as a way to help boost Republicans running in competitive Senate and House races. And he’s used that opportunity to attack their Democratic opponents, at times giving them pejorative nicknames.

Trump is holding a rally in Fargo next Wednesday, where he’s likely to campaign on behalf of Cramer as well as address his recent North Korea summit and the economy.

Heitkamp said that regardless of what the president says at next Wednesday’s rally, she’ll continue to find ways to work with him.

“The president is going to say what the president says,” Heitkamp said. “Obviously he has a relationship with Kevin, that doesn’t mean that I can’t work with the president in the future.”