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Rove: Strong Candidates in ND, Ariz. Good News for Senate GOP

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Two bonafide Republican candidates in North Dakota and Arizona have bolstered Senate Republicans' chances in November to keep — or even expand — their two-seat majority, Karl Rove wrote in a column for The Wall Street Journal.

Rep. Martha McSally should be a slam dunk to keep outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake's Senate seat red in Arizona, and Rep. Kevin Cramer's decision to run against Sen. Heidi Heitkamp buoys the GOP's chances to flip a seat in North Dakota, Rove writes.

"Ms. Heitkamp's voting record offers Republicans plenty of ammunition. She has voted against Mr. Cramer and the state's popular senior senator, Republican John Hoeven, on issues like tax cuts, health care and energy — energy being of particular concern because North Dakota is America's second-biggest producer of crude oil," Rove writes.

"Mr. Cramer is also a superb grass-roots campaigner, which matters in a state where politics is personal and voters are clustered on the center right," writes Rove, noted GOP strategist and operative.

Democrats have to defend 26 seats in all, 10 of them coming in states carried by President Donald Trump in 2016.

The lone vulnerable Republican senator? Dean Heller in Nevada.

"With a two-seat margin in the Senate, Republicans must see that Sen. Heller is returned in Nevada and avoid a repeat of last year's Alabama disaster by helping Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker overcome a primary challenge from an eccentric firebrand," Rove writes.

"But the races in North Dakota and Arizona will play a key role in the midterms, and Republicans should be pleased to have such promising candidates in Reps. Cramer and McSally," Rove concludes.

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Two bonafide Republican candidates in North Dakota and Arizona have bolstered Senate Republicans' chances in November to keep — or even expand — their two-seat majority, Karl Rove wrote in a column for The Wall Street Journal.
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