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Heitkamp Hits Berg Mailers With Some Help From the Competition

November 15, 2011

Here's something you don't see every day: former North Dakota Democratic Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp organized two of her fellow Senate candidates -- both a Democrat and a Republican -- to unite in going after the Republican frontrunner, Rep. Rick Berg. The three candidates hit Berg for mailers sent from his congressional office. The Fargo Forum:

Berg's three announced opponents in the Senate race, Republican Duane Sand and Democrats Heidi Heitkamp and Tom Potter, issued a joint news release Monday calling on him to account for the four documents sent to North Dakotans in recent weeks and to disclose how much money he has spent.

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Sand, who will challenge Berg next March for the Republican U.S. Senate endorsement, said he plans to issue a separate statement on the issue later this week. But he said he was called Monday by Heitkamp's campaign to see if he had similar concerns about Berg's letters to constituents.

"We're not teaming up with Heidi so much as I think we both feel the same way about this issue," he said. "It may be the only time next year we agree on something, but we agree on this."

While it's nothing new for candidates to gang up on a frontrunner, it's not often done in such an overtly coordinated way, let alone among candidates from both parties.

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