BISMARCK-Former North Dakota Republican Party Chairman Gary Emineth said Monday, Feb. 19, he won't run for the U.S. House this year.

Emineth considered running for Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer's seat now that the congressman has decided to challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. Emineth dropped his own Senate bid last week to make way for Cramer.

Cramer's announcement also prompted Republican state Sen. Tom Campbell to switch from the U.S. Senate race to the House contest. Several other Republicans have at least expressed interest in that seat as well.

Meanwhile, Republican Paul Schaffner said Monday he will run for the House instead of the Senate. The Minot man carries legal baggage into the race after being found guilty of trying to solicit a prostitute late last year. He's appealing that conviction.

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