Ouch: Heidi Heitkamp Written Off In Yet Another Ranking Of US Senate Races


You can add the National Review to the National Journal and the Washington Post on the list of publications that are treating liberal Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp like a nearly irrelevant candidate.

NR’s Jim Geraghty puts North Dakota’s Senate race in the “Almost Resolved Already” category:

One should never count one’s chickens before they hatch, and all of the standard caveats apply. But Democrats had a thin bench when Byron Dorgan announced his retirement more than a year ago, and former North Dakota attorney general Heidi Heitkamp is their only candidate. At the end of 2011, she faced a 10-to-1 cash-on-hand gap with the likely Republican nominee, Representative Rick Berg. North Dakota has only one congressional district, and so Berg has already won statewide, beating incumbent Democrat Earl Pomeroy in a 2010 House race, 55 percent to 45 percent.

Geraghty doesn’t even get into Heitkamp’s glaring hypocrisy over Obamacare, and her obvious misleading of the public about her current position on the bill. That is going to be a thorn in the side throughout election cycle.

To be clear, Berg still needs to run a good campaign. The Democrats are going to dump a lot of money into keeping this seat, and campaign dollars go a long way in North Dakota. Any gaffe Berg could potentially make will be amplified by the Democrat campaign apparatus and a Democrat-friendly state media.

But all that being said, Heitkamp’s odds in North Dakota aren’t good.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    Heidi Heitkamp is the face of the petty and partisan Democratic party. Heidi offers nothing new but tired failed liberal programs.

  • Wesley Fargo

    Sadly its time for Sand to call the race too.

    • Guest

      Which he won’t. He’s following the Tea Party playbook to a t. In nearly all the U.S. House and Senate races they’ve had candidates in’ they’ve gone straight to the primaries and skipped the endorsement convention process. That’s how Bob Bennett lost his seat in Utah. Bennett got beat in the primary for his U.S. Senate seat and thus could not run in November. Sand is hoping for lightning to strike come the primary election and that he can catch Rick Berg napping. Likely not going to happen. I predict Berg will mop the floor with Sand in the June primary.

    • http://www.themarketingsurvivalist.blogspot.com melissapaulik

      I think Sand lost a lot of support when he decided at the 11th hour to pull out of the convention. Regardless of his reasons for doing so, it looked to many of us like he knew he was going to lose. I would bet a higher percentage of delegates were tea partiers than the GOP voting population at large. if he couldn’t make at least a decent showing at the convention, what chance does he have in the primary?

      I’m dissapointed because I really admired the challenge he was putting up.

  • Eckerh

    It would be a disappointment if Rick Berg didn’t reach 60% of the vote.

    • Jay

      I don’t know. When North Dakota still had its love affair with congressional Dems going, Conrad beat Andrews with -50% of the vote (thanks to fringe indy Anna Bourgois). Six years later, Dorgan beat a completely unknown Republican 59-41. Berg likely beats Heitkamp by at worst the 55-45 margin Hoeven beat her by in 2000.

      • Ratbite

        Don’t count on it cuz this conservative will not support RIck Berg & his RINO ego.

  • 1philgray

    If Rick does not debate Dwayne Sand….he loses my vote and others that will listen to my advice….I told rick at the convention, you better debate…i dont like wimps who will not debate….
    They remind of weakass Hoeven not debatiing Sorum for senate, as well as real weak ass Dalrymple not debating Paul for Governor…..
    If anyone thinks I will vote for another moderate….here is my buttocks….kiss my obama….

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    • Wesley Fargo

      I would be dumber than sand (small “s”) to debate Duane, what pray-tell would be the upside for him? Nothing, the downside? It RAISES his competitor to his level, or lowers himself to Sands.  Another thing is the risk of a cheap-shot, not likely but a risk.

       If I was Bergs adviser I’d let Sand waste all his time whining about debates, and let my anti-Heidi commercials, personal appearances and press announcements drive my narrative.  

      It might upset a few guys like you, but it is the right way to play a safe offense.  You don’t put your star QB in when you are already ahead by 50 at the half.