You know, we just have to say it’s remarkable that you can’t find this story on the front page of The New York Times…or any other supposedly unbiased source for mainstream political coverage. These outlets have been working their fingers to the bone to accuse Republicans in Georgia, North Carolina, and even Washington for using unethical strategies to depress the vote and keep Democrats home on election day. But here, where we have a clear example of the Democrats engaging in that very strategy…crickets. Crickets for as far as the ear can hear.
The North Dakota Democratic Party is running ads on Facebook in an attempt to frighten hunters away from the voting booth on Tuesday.
“ATTENTION HUNTERS: If you vote in North Dakota, you may forfeit hunting licenses you have in other states,” warns the advertisement. “If you want to keep your out-of-state hunting licenses, you may not want to vote in North Dakota.”
The ad is being run on a Facebook page called “Hunter Alerts,” and it is being made to seem like it’s a simple, non-partisan PSA aimed at North Dakota’s thriving hunting community. In actuality, it’s a ploy by the state-run Democratic Party to keep hunters – by and large a Republican demographic – from coming out to the polls next week and casting their votes for Kevin Cramer, who is challenging Democrat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
A spokesman for North Dakota Gaming and Fish says there’s no truth to the warning. “We’ve never heard of that,” they told reporters.
In an email to The Daily Caller, a spokesman for the North Dakota Republican Party shamed Heitkamp and the Democrats for stooping so low.
“Heidi Heitkamp is using her anti-Kavanaugh campaign coffers to suppress voter turnout in North Dakota,” said communications director Jake Wilkins. “On the day she’s starting her de-facto farewell tour, Heitkamp is making it clear to voters that she only cares about winning re-election, not helping her constituents.”
Wilkins is not wrong about this being Heitkamp’s farewell tour. Polls have consistently showed her trailing her Republican challenger, and the most recent one from Fox News is not changing the situation. Heitkamp is currently nine points behind Cramer and suffering from a 52% unfavorable rating in the state. This does not an election victory make, even if every multi-state hunter in the area decides to stay home on Tuesday.