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Democrats rush to prop up Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s re-election bid

October 5, 2018

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s colleagues are rallying behind the North Dakota Democrat following her decision to oppose Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey, a pair of possible 2020 presidential contenders, and Sens. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire blasted out separate fundraising emails Friday on behalf of Ms. Heitkamp, commending her for putting “country before politics” by voting “no” on Judge Kavanaugh.

“Heidi is voting for her values regardless of any right-wing attacks that could further jeopardize her reelection campaign in North Dakota a state that President Trump won by double digits,” Mr. Booker said in his request. “Now we need to stand up for Heidi and help her fight back to ensure her Senate seat remains blue.”

Democrats know their hopes of flipping control of the Senate would be all but dashed if Ms. Heitkamp falls in her re-election battle against Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, who has accused her of selling out North Dakota voters.

The race could be slipping away, according to a Fox News poll released this week that showed Mr. Cramer has opened up a 12-point lead over Ms. Heitkamp among likely voters.

“Just as few months ago Mitch McConnell admitted control of the Senate hinges on whether or not they can defeat Heidi Heitkamp in November,” Mrs. Harris said in her email. “We can’t let this happen, which is why I’m hopeful you’ll consider adding a donation to Heidi’s campaign today.”