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  Heitkamp telling Dems she's running for Senate
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News DateWednesday, November 2, 2011 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFormer North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp is telling Democrats she will run for the state's open Senate seat and is expected to make a formal announcement this month, POLITICO has learned.

Heitkamp has already enlisted Mark Mellman to conduct her polling and is in the process of assembling a campaign team, according to several Democrats who have heard details of her planning.

She and her brother -- former state Sen. Joel Heitkamp -- have been reaching out to fellow Democrats to alert them of her decision, say political hands in the Prairie State.

Tom Potter, a Grand Forks professor, who announced his own candidacy last week said in an interview Tuesday that Heitkamp called him in October to say she would run.

"She did call me awhile ago, sometime mid-last month, to say she planned to run," Potter told POLITICO. "I was a little surprised. Our internal map always had Heidi running for governor."

The influence of Sen. Kent Conrad, who is vacating the seat after four terms, weighed heavily on Heitkamp, according to sources.
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