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At the Races: Senate Challengers — One In, One Out
Our weekly newsletter with the latest on House and Senate races

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Welcome to At the Races! You can keep track of House and Senate races with this weekly newsletter. We want to hear what you think. Email attheraces@cqrollcall.com with your questions, tips or candidate sightings and sign up for the newsletter here. — Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman

Cramer Passes on North Dakota Senate Run
Trump encouraged him to challenge Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, GOP rep said

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., has decided not to run for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 11: 14 a.m. | GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer said Thursday he does not plan to run for Senate in North Dakota and instead will run for re-election to the House. He had faced pressure from President Donald Trump to challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

Cramer told WZFG-AM’s “Scott Hennen Show” in North Dakota that passing on a Senate run was the best decision for his family.

Senate Match-Ups Yet to Take Shape Ahead of 2018 Primaries
Competitive Republican primaries begin in just four months

The first competitive GOP Senate primaries are in May (Illustration by Chris Hale).

With Ohio’s Josh Mandel ending his Senate bid last week, the one Senate race in which the matchup long looked like a foregone conclusion won’t be a rematch of 2012 after all.

The Republican challenger is still unknown in plenty of other races too, with competitive primaries beginning in just four months.

Cramer ‘Trending’ Toward Senate Run After Trump Meeting
Would face Heitkamp, considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the Senate

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., met Tuesday with President Donald Trump, who is urging him to get in the Senate race against Democrat Heidi Heitkamp. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After meeting Tuesday with President Donald Trump, North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer said he’s “trending” toward challenging Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp this year.

“It was certainly a persuasive case that the president had made, and I appreciate the time and thoughts for this and appreciate his knowledge of North Dakota,” Cramer told KFYR-TV.

At the Races: The Ghost of Midterms Yet to Come
GOP tax bill and sexual harassment allegations dominated the week

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Welcome to At the Races! You can keep track of House and Senate races with this weekly newsletter. Sign up here. We want to hear what you think. Reply to this email with your questions, tips or candidate sightings. — Simone Pathé and Bridget BowmanThis week … Republicans passed their tax bill, another congressman retired due to sexual harassment allegations and former women lawmakers offered advice to aspiring candidates.

Bracing for At-tax: (Get it? Because both parties are getting attacked on taxes?) OK, bad puns aside, Republicans passed a major tax overhaul along party lines this week. Republicans said passing this tax bill was vital ahead of the 2018 midterms to prove they can govern. Democrats wasted no time launching attacks against Republicans — but will the 12 Republicans who voted against the measure face a backlash from their own party? That doesn’t appear likely — at least not yet.

Photos of the Week: Jones Wins in Alabama, Tax Conference Gavels In
The week of Dec. 11 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi arrive for a news conference in the Capitol on Wednesday. They spoke out against the Republican tax plan ahead of the Senate-House conference committee meeting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol
‘Hoo-boy,’ Whitehouse says of White House nominee, ‘We are not f---tards,’ and Seranno smacked by sign of the times

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., talks on the phone in the tunnel to Cannon Building on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. And some of the best ones are those that we come across while reporting the big ones.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Plan to Boost Coal and Nuclear Could Cost Consumers
Should consumers pay more so coal and nuclear plants can survive?

Energy Secretary Rick Perry testifies during the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Oct. 12. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For years, federal regulation of the electric grid has focused on keeping prices low and competition stiff. But that could change with a recent proposal from the Trump administration to put more emphasis on what it calls resiliency.

According to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the electric grid is more resilient — able to bounce back from disasters of the natural and man-made variety — when it has plenty of so-called baseload power that can run 24/7, with or without sunshine or wind and regardless of supply snags.

Cramer Says Trump Wants Him to Enter North Dakota Senate Race
North Dakota congressman is considering a Senate run

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is considering running for Senate. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Kevin Cramer said Wednesday that President Donald Trump phoned him Tuesday evening and encouraged him to run for Senate against Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

“He called largely to encourage me to strongly consider entering the U.S. Senate race in North Dakota,” Cramer said during an interview on KFYR’s “What’s On Your Mind With Scott Hennen.” American Bridge, a Democratic opposition research firm, captured the audio.

GOP State Senator to Challenge Heitkamp
Heitkamp is one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats

North Dakota state Sen. Tom Campbell is seeking to unseat the state’s junior U.S. senator, Heidi Heitkamp. (Courtesy Campbell’s Facebook page)

North Dakota state Sen. Tom Campbell has decided to challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for her Senate seat, the state lawmaker confirmed Wednesday. 

Campbell said he made his decision after months of consideration and traveling the state.