Trump shapes North Carolina field of candidates ahead of midterms

by Summer Lane

President Trump is handily shaping the field of candidates that will be running for election in North Carolina in the upcoming, hotly anticipated 2022 midterms amid a chaotic political landscape where voters are searching for trustworthy, conservative politicians who will uphold the values of the MAGA platform.

According to a report from Politico, President Trump scored a deal over the weekend to steamroll the North Carolina GOP Senate race for Trump-endorsed candidate Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., as well as other potential candidates. In June, Trump endorsed Budd, saying that he was a “great politician” but “more importantly, somebody who loves the state of North Carolina, he loves the country…he will fight like hell.” Trump continued, “I am giving him my complete and total endorsement.”

Additionally, the outlet reported that Trump offered to endorse Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., during a meeting at Mar-a-Lago last weekend. Both Reps. Walker and Budd appear to be staunch Trump supporters, which will help them with conservative voters seeking candidates reminiscent of Trump himself.

President Trump’s June endorsement of Rep. Ted Budd, R-NC.

Further, the deal reportedly defines the next lucky conservative candidates who may be receiving Trump’s seal of approval in the form of a golden-ticket endorsement, which usually boosts Republican candidates ahead of the rest of the political hopefuls in their respective races. For example, Trump-endorsed candidate for Arizona governor, Kari Lake (R), recently rose to the top of the polls ahead of the Arizona governor primary race, following on the heels of Trump’s glowing endorsement.

The GOP is clearly gearing up to fight fiercely for Senate and House seats across the country, and President Trump appears to be leading them strongly in a direction that may recreate what occurred in the Virginia gubernatorial and House of Delegates races in November, where Republicans flipped the state from solid blue to red for the first time since 2009.

Rep. Mark Walker stated that he was meeting with President Trump this weekend at Mar-a-Lago

Although President Trump hasn’t officially announced a presidential bid for 2024, he still seems to be firmly planted at the helm of the GOP platform, carefully curating the lineup of candidates in North Carolina and beyond as the potentially nation-changing midterm elections loom inauspiciously closer every day.

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