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Are a Recent String of National Profiles on Heitkamp More About 2018, or After?

North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp is down double-digits in the polls. Are a string of national profile pieces about her Senate race or setting up a career afterward?

By NTK Staff | 10.11.2018 @2:15pm
Are a Recent String of National Profiles on Heitkamp More About 2018, or After?

By all accounts, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s (D-ND) political career is on life support. Her Republican challenger, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), is up 10 to 12 percentage points, according to two new polls released in the past week. And her vote against Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court may have been the final straw for some centrist North Dakota voters.

But among political circles in Washington, D.C., another trend in this race is raising eyebrows: the number of national profile pieces focused on Heitkamp.

It’s not usual for a national outlet to parachute into a state in the closing weeks of a campaign to give the lay of the land for readers.

But it’s also possible the North Dakota Democrat can see the writing on the wall, and is courting friendly press to boost her national profile just before she’s on the open market looking for future employers.

CNN, the Huffington Post, and the Financial Times all published profile pieces on Heitkamp and the North Dakota Senate race in the past day or so. And while the topics vary from her Kavanaugh vote to trade policies, one common thread appears in each: Heitkamp is desperately trying to convince North Dakotans, and perhaps the K Street crowd in D.C., that she is just a moderate Democrat.

CNN described Heitkamp as “a candidate who has touted her ability to work with the President.”

The Huffington Post called Heitkamp’s style “middle of the road.”

And the Financial Times described Heitkamp’s Kavanaugh vote as “principled,” per one voter.

Individually, the profiles might be seen as nothing more than the usual “spotlight” pieces on a Senate race in “fly over country.” But collectively, Heitkamp’s messaging could be hinting at her prospects after November 6, rather than before.

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