Kelly Armstrong earns GOP endorsement for U.S. House

Published: Apr. 7, 2018 at 9:45 PM CDT
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Crews are cleaning up here, throwing away political posters that hours ago held so much hope.

And with that, North Dakota Republicans named Kelly Armstrong their choice to fill Kevin Cramer's seat in the House.

“Thank you everyone, thank you so much,” said Kelly Armstrong, GOP Nominee for U.S. House.

But the road to the podium was a long one. Earlier in the day, four challengers took the stage to make their pitches.

“I'm going to congress to fight for you," said Tom Campbell, sought party nomination.

“If you are looking for a candidate who will stand for you, vote me,” said Tiffany Abentroth, sought party nomination.

But this nomination isn’t the end all be all for Armstrong.

He may have to strong-arm some of the contenders down the road.

“You don’t have to get convention nominations to win, we’ve seen that in the past," said Dr. Jynette Larshus, professor at Minot State University.

Political Science Professor Dr. Jynette Larshus says – numerous elected officials in north dakota didn’t score the nod, but went on to win on election day.

And for Tom Campbell, that is an option he’s keeping on the table.

“Right now I'm going to kind of see, I've always planned on winning and going to the primary and its kind of what I'm planning to do, but I'm going to talk to some people if things don’t work out like that to see if I want to honor the convention, I’m considering that as well," said Campbell.

One challenger we know for sure – Democrat Mac Schneider.

The two will square off until one goes to Washington. Win or lose, it is going to be a long road to November.