**FILE** Heidi Heitkamp, the North Dakota Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, speaks Aug. 11, 2012, during the opening of a North Dakota Democratic campaign office in Dickinson, N.D. At right is Ryan Taylor (with hat), the North Dakota Democratic candidate for governor, and Ryan Nagle, a Democratic campaign staffer. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Heidi Heitkamp, the North Dakota Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, speaks Aug. 11, 2012, during the opening of a North Dakota Democratic campaign office in Dickinson, N.D. At right is Ryan Taylor (with hat), the North Dakota Democratic candidate for governor, and Ryan Nagle, a Democratic campaign staffer. (Associated Press)