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The American rep. Ted Budd, a Republican backed by former President Donald Trump in the North Carolina Senate race, is pulling ahead of other GOP candidates in the polls to step down as Senator Richard Burr’s seat.
The Raleigh News & Observer reported Sunday that Budd, from Davie County, leads the double-digit poll in front of former Gov. Pat McCrory, the former U.S. rep. Mark Walker and the political newcomer Marjorie Eastman. He has skipped debates and laid out strategies to instead rely on campaign events and millions of dollars in advertising to resonate with voters and secure the party ticket.
The influential conservative PAC Club For Growth plans to spend $ 14 million on supporting Budd in the primary election. McCrory has accused the super PAC of “trying to steal this election through deception,” following the release of a new ad by North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, who supports Budd. The ad, which began airing on state-wide television on Wednesday, criticizes McRory as the state’s former GOP flag bearer.
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The committee plans to spend $ 1.3 million over two weeks running the commercial on television.
The statement from Robinson, a recent rising force among North Carolina Republicans, sticks to themes from other ads associated with the Washington-based Club for Growth Action, which portrays McCrory as a liberal.
“Look, I voted for Pat McCrory earlier, but not this time. Pat is a nice guy, but he’s not a conservative,” Robinson said in the ad, calling Budd, a current member of the House of Representatives, the “principled, conservative choice. for the U.S. Senate. “
Robinson, who was elected the state’s first black lieutenant governor in 2020, had already announced his approval of Budd earlier this month at Trump’s demonstration in Johnston County, where the former president encountered Budd and other GOP candidates he had already supported. .
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Budd traveled to Trump’s home at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, in April last year, and in June, Budd received Trump’s approval to replace Burr. Budd’s campaign said he has already traveled to about 80 of North Carolina’s 100 counties and aims to visit all 100 before the May 17 primary.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.