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Published June 02, 2012, 10:10 AM

GOP's Berg, Dem Gulleson Lead in Campaign Money

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican Rick Berg still holds a money advantage over Democrat Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota's U.S. Senate campaign, according to campaign finance reports released Friday.

By: Dale Wetzel, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican Rick Berg still holds a money advantage over Democrat Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota's U.S. Senate campaign, according to campaign finance reports released Friday.

The reports also showed Democratic U.S. House candidate Pam Gulleson has been better at fundraising than either of her possible GOP opponents, North Dakota public service commissioners Kevin Cramer and Brian Kalk. Cramer and Kalk are challenging each other for the GOP nomination to run against Gulleson this fall. The Republican primary is June 12.

Berg, a freshman GOP congressman, has raised $3.25 million for his Senate campaign, including $443,304 in the last two months, Federal Election Commission disclosure reports show.

Berg has $1.62 million left in his campaign fund and debts of $104,483, most of which is a $100,000 loan that Berg, a Fargo real estate developer, made to his own race.

Heitkamp has raised $1.66 million for her campaign, including $497,117 in the last two months, according to her disclosure filing. Her campaign fund had $759,279 on May 23, which was the deadline for reporting campaign transactions before the June 12 primary.

Berg faces a primary challenger of his own, Republican Duane Sand, who has run for both the U.S. House and Senate in North Dakota. Sand's report on Friday showed $72,368 in cash on hand and $204,820 in debts.

Democrat Pam Gulleson ranks as the top fundraiser in North Dakota's U.S. House race. Her report showed $503,054 in contributions, including almost $100,000 in the last two months, and $313,263 in unspent funds in late May.

Cramer and Kalk have been roughly even in their contest for money from GOP supporters.

Cramer, who lost two House races in the 1990s, has raised $311,239 for his campaign, while Kalk's disclosure filing shows $294,354 in contributions.

Cramer's bank account is stronger for the primary home stretch, however; he had $131,179 on hand at the end of the reporting period, while Kalk had $65,615.

North Dakota Republican convention delegates endorsed Kalk as their favored candidate. Cramer, who is a former state GOP director and chairman, bypassed the convention and said he intended to run in the June primary without the state Republican Party's endorsement.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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