Heitkamp raises $1.6 million for reelection bid: report

Heitkamp raises $1.6 million for reelection bid: 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.) 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 HoevenBottom Line The Hill's Morning Report — Schiff: Clear evidence of a quid pro quo Trump steps up GOP charm offensive as impeachment looms 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 McConnellTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Schumer briefs Democrats on impeachment trial 'mechanics' Trump legal team gears up for Senate impeachment trial in meeting with GOP senators 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) ManchinNo one wins with pro-abortion litmus test Senate confirms Brouillette to replace Perry as Energy secretary Political purity tests are for losers MORE (W.Va.), Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyGinsburg health scare raises prospect of election year Supreme Court battle Watchdog accuses pro-Kavanaugh group of sending illegal robotexts in 2018 Lobbying world MORE (Ind.) and Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillGinsburg health scare raises prospect of election year Supreme Court battle MSNBC's McCaskill: Trump used 'his fat thumbs' to try to intimidate Yovanovitch GOP senator rips into Pelosi at Trump rally: 'It must suck to be that dumb' MORE (Mo.).