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Cramer holds fundraising edge over Democratic challenger Hanson

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North Dakota Representative Kevin Cramer speaks Sunday, April 3, 2016, at the ND GOP Convention at Scheels Arena in Fargo of his choice to endorse Donald Trump for president. Rick Abbott / Forum News Service2 / 2

BISMARCK—Incumbent Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer holds a significant fundraising advantage over his Democratic challenger, former state lawmaker Ben Hanson, new campaign finance records show.

Cramer raised $204,285 in the last three months of 2017, and he reported $879,789.51 in contributions this election cycle. He had $951,767.32 in cash on hand at the end of the reporting period, according to Federal Election Commission records.

"We are planning our most aggressive ground game to ensure Kevin continues to be re-elected by strong margins," Cramer's campaign manager Jared Hendrix said in a statement.

Hanson, who lives in Fargo, raised $78,460.59 in those three months for $114,627.61 this election cycle, according to the FEC. He had $46,673.10 in cash on hand.

A Hanson campaign spokesperson acknowledged Cramer's "head start" but said "they can't compete with more than 1,000 individuals who have taken an ownership in this grassroots campaign."

Cramer, first elected to the U.S. House in 2012, said last month he would seek re-election instead of challenging Democratic incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Hanson lost his bid for re-election to the North Dakota House in 2016.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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