The Latest: Cramer, Heitkamp on minds of primary voters

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Latest on North Dakota’s primary election (all times local):

2 p.m.

Local races for offices such as school board and sheriff are drawing voters in North Dakota’s primary election, but a big statewide race that’s shaping up is on the minds of many.

Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer faces little-known opponent Thomas O’Neill in the primary as he looks ahead to a fall Senate race. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp doesn’t face any primary opponent.

The two are likely to square off in a race seen as pivotal for control of the Senate.

Retired grain farm manager Faye Krumwiede (KRUHM’-wee-dee) of Bismarck favors Cramer because she thinks “he’s speaking directly to the people of North Dakota.”

Retired Mandan surveyor Wayne Kurle (KUR’-lee) says President Donald Trump influences Cramer too much. Kurle favors Heitkamp because he says “she votes both sides of the aisle.”

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