Rep. Ted Budd says former President Trump’s endorsement of his 2022 campaign for Senate in North Carolina “really clarified things” in the battle for the Republican nomination.
The former president made headlines a month ago when he endorsed Budd as he gave the keynote address at the North Carolina GOP convention. Budd, who was first elected to Congress in 2016, is facing off against former Gov. Pat McCrory and former Rep. Mark Walker for the Republican nomination in the race to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Richard Burr in the key battleground state.
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Trump endorsed Budd moments after his daughter-in-law Lara Trump announced that she would not run for the Senate in her native state of North Carolina.
“Immediately thereafter people were sending in donations. I think it clarified things,” Budd said in an interview with Fox News on Friday, minutes before his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas.
Budd said that until Lara Trump’s announcement, “a lot of people were holding off on supporting any candidates.”
And he emphasized that “a lot of people from around the nation are supporting” his campaign due to the former president’s endorsement. “They’ve dedicated their support for me. They’ve sent financial support. It’s just really clarified things….Right now this has really accelerated it, so I’m grateful for it.”
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Long a red state, North Carolina has become increasingly competitive in recent cycles. Last November Trump narrowly captured the state by a razor-thin margin over now-President Biden. And GOP Sen. Thom Tillis won reelection by less than one point when Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham was politically wounded after news of his extramarital affair made major headlines prior to the election.
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