Two Republican candidates emerge to challenge Cramer

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BISMARCK — Two Republican candidates have filed paperwork in recent days to challenge U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer.

DuWayne Hendrickson of Minot filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday, Feb. 6. Cramer easily defeated him for the Republican endorsement at the 2016 state convention.

Meanwhile, a campaign committee for Tiffany Abentroth filed a statement of organization in late January. A biography emailed by the campaign says she's from Cummings, N.D., is in the Marine Corps reserves and works for a "contracting firm under the Department of Defense as an intelligence analyst."

In a Q&A shared by the campaign, Abentroth called for a "fresh perspective" in Washington.

Cramer, first elected to Congress in 2012, also faces a challenge from Democrat Ben Hanson, a former state lawmaker.