Trump Endorses Budd For 2022 U.S. Senate Bid

U.S. Rep. Ted Budd accepts former President Donald Trump’s endorsement in North Carolina’s 2022 U.S. Senate race. Carolina Journal photo by Maya Reagan

By Dallas Woodhouse
Carolina Journal News Service

GREENVILLE — Speaking to a sold-out N.C. Republican Party Convention fundraiser, former President Donald Trump made an early endorsement in the 2022 primary for U.S. Senate, choosing 13th District Congressman Ted Budd over former Congressman Mark Walker and former Gov. Pat McCrory.

“This gentleman is going to be your next senator,” Trump said of Budd. “He is going to be someone you are so proud of. He will fight like hell, and a lot of you people don’t know him that well yet, but you will in about two minutes — Ted Budd.”

As Trump called Budd to the convention stage, he added, “I am giving him my complete and total endorsement. We are going to work with him. We are going to campaign with him.”

Budd joined Trump on stage and thanked the former President.

“Mr. President, Lara, this means the world to me,” Budd said. “We have a lot of work ahead, so let’s win this together, and let’s get back to making America great again.”

In a clear shot at McCrory, Trump said, “You can’t pick people who have already lost two races.”

McCrory, a former Charlotte mayor, was defeated twice in statewide races for governor in 2008 and 2016. In between the two losses, McCrory became just the third Republican governor in modern N.C. history with his successful election to the governor’s mansion in 2012.

McCrory released a statement moments after Trump’s surprise endorsement. “I’m disappointed that President Trump has endorsed a Washington insider who has done more to oppose the Trump agenda than anyone in this race. We will win this race – the primary and the general.”

“Ted Budd opposed President Trump’s plan to secure the border, to support our farmers, to repeal Obamacare, and he even voted against President Trump’s COVID vaccines,” McCrory continued. “Now, he’ll do even more to defeat President Trump’s agenda if he’s the Republican nominee by giving our seat in the U.S. Senate to Chuck Schumer and the Democrats. Ted Budd’s bought-and-paid-for Washington insider voting record is not electable in North Carolina. If supporters of President Trump want his agenda to be supported in the U.S. Senate, they should not vote for Ted Budd, who has opposed him at every turn – and who would lose to the far-left next November.”

Walker did not immediately comment on the Trump endorsement, but tweeted thanks to convention delegates for supporting him as the top choice in the convention straw poll.

“Thank you NCGOP delegates for selecting me as the best choice in the U.S. Senate Republican primary,” said Walker “Together, we will take back Congress, stop the Biden-Harris agenda, & finally give NC a conservative senator.”

Fox News reported Budd was at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida, in April and talked with the former president about his likely bid for the Senate.

Moments before the Budd endorsement Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, a Wilmington native and graduate of N.C. State University, announced she would not run for U.S. Senate. She referenced her two young children.

“I am saying no for now, not no forever,” Lara Trump said from the stage. “At the right time, I would absolutely love to come back and consider running for something here in my home state because I love it dearly.”

Carolina Journal was the first media outlet to report Lara Trump would likely reject a U.S. Senate bid, way back on Feb. 1.

Budd is a graduate of Davie County High School and Appalachian State University. He also earned his master’s degree in business administration from Wake Forest University. He owns a gun store in Rural Hall.

Budd’s 13th Congressional District currently includes some high-performing GOP counties that would be key in the 2022 U.S. Senate primary, including all of Davidson and Davie counties and parts of Guilford Iredell, and Rowan counties.

In May, Carolina Journal reported exclusively on an independent primary poll that showed McCrory leading the primary field.

The poll of likely 2022 GOP primary voters showed McCrory leading the field with 40% of the vote. Walker was second with 10.5%. Budd polled at 4.8%. Forty-four percent of respondents said they were undecided.

Moments after Trump’s endorsement of Budd, Republican consultant Chris Sinclair, who is not involved in the U.S. Senate race, told CJ: “McCrory still has great numbers among GOP primary voters, the best numbers since Elizabeth Dole’s first run for U.S. Senate in 2002.”

“Does the Trump endorsement help Rep. Budd? Yes. Is it dispositive? No.”

8 COMMENTS

    • Democrat-ran schools evidently failed to teach you how to spell and how to think for yourself. Get off of the liberal train to nowhere if you love this country as much as you should.

      🇺🇸🇺🇸 Republicans 2022!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸

    • Enjoying your Joe Biden inflation yet?

      Well at least we don’t have to read mean tweets from bad Orangeman anymore.

  1. Rand Paul 2024!!!! It’s time we put this Obama/Trump/Biden nightmare behind us and move forward and embrace real conservatism again.

  2. I sorry you’re so perfect that spell check never inadvertently stuck in another word. Anyway Like his hero Putin, Trump wants to be a dictator, and like Putin wants to put his cronies in place and pull the strings. This country does not need a person who thinks he’s better than everyone else and only cares about his imagine and not this country. It’s time to move on from this reckless IDOIT and get back to governing this country.

    • Behold why we are in the shape we are in….people who spout the MSM propaganda as above are electing our leaders.

      No wonder the elites no longer fear the populace.

  3. Budd? Are you kidding me? He voted AGAINST Hurricane Harvey relief, AGAINST the FISA reauthorization, AGAINST Trump’s budget, and AGAINST the Farm Bill. Trump couldn’t find anyone better?

    • Are you kidding me lol? Trump couldn’t make himself look good enough to win an election. He should have endorsed someone better though.

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