ND: Cramer beats Kalk for GOP nomination

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June 13, 2012

By: Ryan Johnson, Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS – Kevin Cramer pulled off a primary election upset Tuesday, beating North Dakota Republican Party-endorsed U.S. House candidate Brian Kalk at the polls to clinch the GOP nomination to run for the U.S. House in November.

The Associated Press called the race in favor of Cramer late Tuesday. By 11:35 p.m., 426 of the state’s 426 precincts were reporting their vote totals, showing Cramer leading Kalk 54 to 46 percent.

The secretary of state’s office tallied 99,231 votes as of press time, with 53,935 backing Cramer and 45,045 supporting Kalk.

Cramer will now advance to the general election in November to challenge Democratic-NPL candidate Pam Gulleson and Libertarian contender Eric Olson.

Kalk, 46, picked up the party’s endorsement this spring, beating out four other hopefuls at the North Dakota Republican Party state convention in Bismarck.

But Cramer, 51, opted to skip the convention, instead placing his bets on winning the primary election.

“I feel relieved, I feel grateful and, frankly, a little bit overwhelmed,” he said late Tuesday. “But I also feel ready to go. I feel ready to launch into the summer with a laser focus on November and making sure that North Dakota keeps this seat in Republican hands.”

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