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Armstrong, Schneider projected to face each other in U.S. House race

N.D. state Sen. Kelly Armstrong is the Republican candidate running for Rep. Kevin Cramer's vacated seat in Congress. Nick Nelson / Forum News Service1 / 2
Mac Schneider is the endorsed Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from North Dakota. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service2 / 2

GRAND FORKS — Republican Kelly Armstrong is projected to face Democrat Mac Schneider in North Dakota's election for U.S. House, based on unofficial tabulations from the primary election held Tuesday, June 12.

Armstrong grabbed 56 percent of the vote, defeating GOP candidates Tiffany Abentroth of Cummings (8 percent) and Paul Schaffner of Minot (7 percent), according to unofficial results from 133 of 4224 precincts in North Dakota reporting as of 9 p.m.

"We've been going hard since we started and we're not going to let up at all," he said. "We're going to work hard to earn every vote across the state.

Schneider ran alone on the Democratic ticket and won almost all of the votes cast in his race. He and Armstrong move on to the general election in November, when voters will decide who will replace U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., for North Dakota's lone seat in the U.S House of Representatives.

"The focus will stay the same, even though the intensity sharpens as we get closer to November, Schneider said, adding he will focus on issues North Dakotans discuss every day.

Both Schneider, a Grand Forks attorney and former state legislator, and Armstrong, a Dickinson attorney and North Dakota senator, were endorsed earlier this year by their parties.

State Sen. Tom Campbell, R-Grafton, took second with 28 percent of the vote. He dropped out of the race to support Armstrong.

DuWayne Hendrickson, a Republican from Minot, plans to run as an independent in the general election.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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