Cramer, a former party chairman and director, chose to forgo the convention, wanting to include a statewide electorate in the nominating process for this year’s House race.
Whoever wins the GOP primary will face Democrat Pam Gulleson in the November general election.
Gulleson is running uncontested in the primary, as is Fargo libertarian Eric Olson.
All party candidates need to receive at least 300 votes in order to appear on the November ballot.
U.S. House members earn $174,000 a year and serve two-year terms.
North Dakota’s lone congressional seat is open this year, since Republican Rep. Rick Berg is competing in the U.S. Senate race.
For more on North Dakota’s U.S. House candidates,
check out The Forum’s online Voters Guide.