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North Dakota Democrats’ Attack on Kevin Cramer Backfires Spectacularly

Democrats in North Dakota were so confident Cramer couldn’t do what he said he did. Fact-checkers said otherwise.

By NTK Staff | 07.05.2018 @9:13am
North Dakota Democrats’ Attack on Kevin Cramer Backfires Spectacularly

North Dakota Democrats have tread marks on their face today after fact-checkers at the Washington Post rolled over their false claim about Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND).

Cramer serves as the state’s only congressman and is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). Earlier this year, he filed for reimbursement for 2,300 miles traveled with his wife Kris, in which the two held meetings with voters and constituents across the state.

Democrats called out Cramer for padding his mileage numbers. They contend he was trying to pocket reimbursement money he and his wife were not owed.

“The campaign’s reimbursement of $1,152.75 to Rep. Cramer and $531.38 to Kris Cramer for first quarter mileage expenses is highly unusual and almost implausible,” North Dakota Democratic-Nonpartisan League Party said in a statement.

But fact-checkers at the Washington Post investigated the claim. They not only said it was plausible, but that it was true.

It’s not only plausible, it’s true. North Dakota is a big state (69,001 square land miles) and Kevin Cramer is its only U.S. House member. Cramer did drive more than 2,300 miles according to an AP analysis, which mapped the locations to substantiate the mileage and also checked with event organizers and media reports to verify Kevin Cramer’s attendance. The mileage reimbursements he and his wife made to themselves were correct.

This doesn’t just look bad for Democrats because they were wrong. But because they were wrong about this specific claim, it only draws more attention to the fact that Cramer is working hard to meet as many North Dakotans as he can before the midterm election in November.

This attack backfired in truly spectacular fashion.

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