This is kinda big news. I know Steve Singisier mentioned it last night breifly, but it's actually really important.
“Heidi is very interested in running against John Hoeven,” her brother Joel Heitkamp said Thursday on KFGO Fargo-Moorhead's “News and Views.” “Heidi is very much looking into this race."
I am floored.
Heidi Heitkamp is by far the best chance Democrats have to beat John Hoeven at anything.
Full Disclosure, Joel and my dad are good friends, and we know the Heitkamps fairly well.
That being said, I am absolutely floored that Heidi is actually considering a run for Senate. She ran for governor in 2000 when Hoeven was seeking his first term, and her campaign kickoff in Mantador, ND was one of the first times I had ever been at a political event(there was a rally or something for Tom Daschle a few years earlier when we lived in South Dakota where he autographed a yard sign for me too though, but this was the first real big speech). Heidi is an amazing speaker and knows what she is talking about. As Attorney General she was a proponent of the tobacco lawsuits that ended some of the industry's worst abuses. She just campaigned for and won a statewide initiative to use the tobacco settlement money for smoking cessation(instead of stuff that had nothing to with tobacco use) in 2008.
Her loss in
2008 2000 was attributable to many things, but a significant contribution was her September 2000 diagnosis of breast cancer, which didn't allow her to actively campaign during the most important part of the race while she successfully underwent treatment to remove the lymph nodes. Despite that, she came closer to winning the office than any Democrat has in 20 years. Here's the map:
The two important counties that might flip would be cass(Fargo, far east, second from the bottom) and Grand Forks(far east, third from the top). On top of that, Heidi is probably the one person in the whole state that can rally the base of our party into action. The Heidi for Senate facebook group has more than either Dorgan or Hoeven, and its three days old.
Markos's polling will provide better answers than my intuition, but my intuition suggests that Heidi would have a better shot than Dorgan would have had at winning that seat.
Heidi is THEE best shot we have at holding this seat. Show your support.
BONUS!!! I have video. This is Heidi and her brother Joel in Denver for the DNC last fall on the day after Hillary's speech(and yes that is my dad they are talking about. He had just recovered from a heart attack a couple months earlier). I'm out of the way around the corner while my counterpart, Chad is filming.