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Rep. Kevin Cramer to stay in Bismarck with family as son recovers

A photo of Isaac Cramer, shared by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., on Facebook. "The picture is of Ike’s little brother Abel and his nephew Beau praying over him, Cramer wrote on Facebook. "We believe in the power of prayer to a god who heals." Courtesy photo / Kevin Cramer

BISMARCK -- U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., will stay in Bismarck this week with family as his adult son remains hospitalized.

“While Isaac is improving, he remains in critical condition in a Bismarck hospital," the third-term congressman said in a statement Monday. "Therefore, I will not travel to Washington, D.C., for votes today and tomorrow. Instead, I am remaining in Bismarck with Isaac and the rest of my family.”

Isaac Cramer, 35, is hospitalized with kidney and liver failure due to an ongoing battle with alcoholism.

About a week before his son's hospitalization, Cramer announced his U.S. Senate run to unseat Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp, reversing his decision last month to not enter the Senate race.

He and his wife, Kris, have five children and four grandchildren.