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

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.
N.D. state Sen. Kelly Armstrong is the Republican candidate running for Rep. Kevin Cramer's vacated seat in Congress. Nick Nelson / Forum News Service

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.