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Forum staff reports, Published May 17 2012

Tea party super PAC endorses Cramer

FARGO – A tea party super PAC has endorsed Republican challenger Kevin Cramer in North Dakota’s U.S. House race.

FreedomWorks announced on Wednesday that it was throwing its support behind Cramer, who’s challenging the NDGOP’s candidate, Brian Kalk, in the June 12 primary.

FreedomWorks and its affiliated super PAC – FreedomWorks for America – are led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey.

The group doesn’t explicitly pledge monetary support for Cramer’s bid, but FreedomWorks’ wealth has made it among the most influential super PACs this election cycle.

FreedomWorks has raised more than $3.7 million so far in the 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The super PAC has endorsed dozens of anti-establishment candidates across the country who “support free markets, fiscal responsibility and constitutionally limited government.”

“FreedomWorks PAC believes Kevin Cramer is the clear choice for voters,” the group said in a statement.

Whoever wins the June 12 primary between Kalk and Cramer will face Democrat Pam Gulleson in November.