08/06/2012 05:52 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Rick Berg Campaign Goosed By Local GOP's Tweet To Website Run By Opponent

On Monday afternoon, a Twitter account operated by the North Dakota Republican Party tweeted out a link intended to bolster Rep. Rick Berg's (R-N.D.) credentials as he seeks to capture the state's U.S. Senate seat in November.

Unfortunately for the state GOP, the website included in the tweet -- northdakotaway.com -- is actually an anti-Berg website, paid for by the campaign of his Democratic opponent, Heidi Heitkamp.

"Rep. Rick Berg likes to talk about doing things 'The North Dakota Way' but since he went to Washington, Berg has done things the 'Washington Way' -- voting for whatever his party leaders ask regardless of what it means for us," the site's landing page reads. "On issue after issue, Berg says one thing at home and does another in Washington. North Dakota needs a Senator who is willing to put politics aside and work with both parties to create jobs, cut spending, balance the budget and protect North Dakota."

View the tweet:

The tweet was sent out Monday afternoon but removed shortly thereafter.

Polls show a close race shaping up in the contest to capture the seat vacated by retiring Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.). A recent poll commissioned by North Dakota Democrats had Heitkamp winning the seat 50 percent to 44 percent. But a Rasmussen poll released just weeks prior had the Democrat trailing Berg by 9 points, 40 percent to 49 percent.



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