Heitkamp raises more than $12 million in first 17 days of October

Heitkamp raises more than $12 million in first 17 days of October

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-N.D.) raised more than $12 million in the first 17 days of October for her reelection bid to the United States Senate. 

A filing from Heitkamp's campaign filed on Thursday showed that the Democratic senator raised about $12.4 million in contributions in the first half of the month, which HuffPost's Kevin Robillard noted on Twitter.

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The figure represents a significant surge in campaign funding, as net contributions for the entire election cycle show she's raised $26.7 million, per the new FEC filing. 

“In an outpouring of support for civil and principled politics, Heidi’s received nearly 15,000 contributions this cycle from every corner of our state and 3,000 new volunteers in just the last few weeks," Sean Higgins, a spokesperson for Heitkamp's campaign, said in a statement to The Hill. "It's simple – while Kevin CramerKevin John CramerThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: iBIO Chairman and CEO Thomas Isett says developing a safe vaccine is paramount; US surpasses 150,000 coronavirus deaths with roughy one death per minute McConnell tees up showdown on unemployment benefits Senate panel scraps confirmation hearing for controversial Pentagon nominee at last minute MORE will always fall in line with Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCoronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal Pelosi, Schumer say White House declined T coronavirus deal COVID-19 bill limiting liability would strike the wrong balance MORE and the special interests, Heidi will always work across the aisle and only answer to North Dakotans.”

Heitkamp has been locked in a tough re-election battle in North Dakota against Rep. Kevin Cramer (R) and polls have shown Cramer with a solid lead.

A new poll released by Gray Television this week showed that Cramer led the Democratic politician by 16 points, a lead that represented a six-point lead since September. 

James Henson, a partner in Strategic Research Associates, which conducted the poll for Gray Television, said Heitkamp's vote against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh may explain Cramer's rising lead. 

“Sen. Heitkamp appears to have been hurt by her vote against Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMcConnell has 17-point lead over Democratic challenger McGrath: poll Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Kavanaugh urged Supreme Court to avoid decisions on Trump finances, abortion: report MORE’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court as well as by subsequent campaign missteps widely covered in the media,” he said.

Heitkamp announced on Oct. 4 that she would vote "no" on Kavanaugh, a decision that came as the Supreme Court Justice faced increasing scrutiny regarding sexual misconduct accusations against him. 

Kavanaugh has fiercely denied the accusations. 

"Our actions right now are a poignant signal to young girls and women across our country. I will continue to stand up for them," Heitkamp said in statement earlier this month. 

Heitkamp's brother, Joel Heitkamp, acknowledged that the decision may lead her to losing her re-election bid, but added that "she needs to like the person she sees."