Kevin Cramer has reversed course and will challenge Democratic Sen.
A Facebook event billing the Friday rally as his entry into the Senate race has already been set up, and the source confirmed that Facebook event's authenticity. Cramer says Hamm was among those who have encouraged him to run for the seat.
Tom Campbell, a second-term state senator who trails Heitkamp badly in name recognition and money, is the only Republican now in the race.
Earlier this week, Cramer said he would make an announcement regarding his future political plans in a matter of days.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE, who was also lobbying Cramer to enter the Senate race, won North Dakota by almost 36 points in the 2016 election. He said the race could tip the balance of power in the Senate, where Republicans now hold a slim majority. Tom Campbell. But Cramer - as a statewide elected official in North Dakota, which has just one House seat - would bring a much higher profile to the race.
Democrats noted that a year ago, Republicans appeared to have soured on Cramer as a Senate recruit.
There are some other GOP candidates who seem to be reconsidering their Senate decisions as well, which could boost Republicans in the midterm elections.
The move comes after Cramer felt GOP pressure to reconsider his decision last month to stay put in the House. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., also is said to be reconsidering his decision to leave Congress at the end of his current term.
Kelly Armstrong says Cramer is popular in North Dakota and has a proven conservative record.
Cramer also criticized Democratic women who wore white to Trump's first joint address to Congress past year, in honor of suffragettes, saying that they were "poorly dressed" and that they looked "silly".