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Associated Press, Published October 19 2012

Heitkamp supports Election Day campaign ban

BISMARCK — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp says North Dakota's traditional ban on Election Day campaigning should stay in place.

Former North Dakota Republican chairman Gary Emineth is suing in federal court to overturn a state law that prohibits campaigning on Election Day. It's been on the books for more than a century.

Heitkamp says no matter what the outcome of the lawsuit, North Dakota candidates should give people a break from campaigning on the day that most people go to vote.

Heitkamp and Republican Rick Berg are competing for the U.S. Senate seat being left by Democrat Kent Conrad.

Emineth says he didn't tell Berg or any other candidate about his plans to sue. He says any claims that his lawsuit was encouraged by the Berg campaign are wrong.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.