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 HeitkampOn 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 Gary Cohn criticizes the shutdown: 'Completely wrong' EPA's Wheeler faces grilling over rule rollbacks 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 CramerGOP senators would support postponing State of the Union Dems blast EPA nominee at confirmation hearing Hopes fade for bipartisan bills in age of confrontation MORE will always fall in line with Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTSA agents protest government shutdown at Pittsburgh airport The case for Russia sanctions Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation 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 KavanaughMerriam-Webster tweets out definition of 'suborn' after BuzzFeed report on Michael Cohen Abortion foes march into divided Washington GOP pollster says last minute enthusiasm saved Republicans in some midterm races 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."