North Dakota's Cramer braces for tough fight with Heitkamp

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer says he's looking ahead to a November Senate battle with Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp that has big stakes for the state and the nation.

Cramer defeated little-known Air Force veteran Thomas O'Neill to cruise to victory in Tuesday's Republican Senate primary.

Cramer weighed a challenge to Heitkamp for months before announcing earlier this year that he wouldn't run. He later changed his mind and said President Donald Trump had pressed him to enter the race.

Cramer says he knows he's in for a tough fight against Heitkamp.

In the only other statewide primary, state Sen. Kelly Armstrong eased past a pair of political newcomers in the GOP race for Cramer's House seat.