The race for the NDGOP nomination for House of Representatives has become a crowded one.

State Senator Kelly Armstrong, state Senator Tom Campbell, Marine veteran Tiffany Abentroth, Minot residents Paul Schaffner and DuWayne Hendrickson, as well as newcomer James Kapitan (a retired Air Force colonel from Fargo) are all vying for the nomination.

Of those candidates, Armstrong and Campbell are perhaps the most competitive, and the former tells me this morning he raised roughly $250,000 for his campaign in eight days.

“I put some of my own money in but I’m not counting that,” Armstrong told me of the totals. He said in addition to the money he’s raised from others he’s put $100,000 of his own money to get things started.

That’s a lot of money for a nomination campaign, by North Dakota standards.

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