Republican Friend:

While Congressman Cramer was my first choice to take on Heidi Heitkamp at the outset, I have to admit I had warmed up to the idea of taking her on myself.  The timing seemed right if not serendipitous; I was ready to go.

However, given his decision to enter the race, I find myself unwilling to take on a popular incumbent who has done much to endear himself to his constituents.  Cramer's accessibility and service on behalf of the people of North Dakota are exemplary.  

There is a lot at stake in this election and we as Republicans must rally the troops and unite to endorse the candidates for both the House and Senate who have the best shot at winning the election this fall. 

Therefore, I am withdrawing my name as a candidate for the U.S. Senate.  

Let's make this the year that we in North Dakota do our part to "Take Back Washington" by electing Republicans and making it three for three!    

For the Republic,    

Gary Emineth