A new conservative name seems about to enter the 2022 US Senate primary in NC, while the establishment side of the party will get competitive. Conservative 13th District US Congressman Ted Budd, who had the support of key national conservative groups in winning the nomination for his current seat and who has ranked with Congressman Dan Bishop as the two most conservative congressmen from North Carolina has been reported by both First in Freedom Daily and the Daily Haymaker as about to enter the US Senate primary in North Carolina. Budd is a member of the Freedom Caucus in Congress.
On the establishment side, RINO former Congressman Mark Walker is already in the race. Walker has been a major supporter of the establishment US House GOP leadership of John Boehner and Paul Ryan, and was recently endorsed by anti-Trump Paul Ryan in the Senate primary. Another major establishment candidate is also making noises about jumping into the race, former Governor Pat McCrory. McCrory has a bad statewide political track record, running in three races he should have won but being defeated due to a poor campaign in two of them. Walker was implicated in the fringes of the Greg Lindberg scandal although never indicted. Walker also has a record of caving in to the Cancel Culture, having voted with Pelosi and against the majority of Republicans on the bill to rename military bases like Fort Bradd that are named for Confederate officers and on the bill to remove monuments to anyone who served the Confederate States from the US Capitol.
There is one other major figure who has been mentioned on the conservative side and another establishment type testing the water. The conservative is Lara Trump, daughter in law of President Trump, whom polls show would have a wide lead in the primary if she decides to enter. The other establishment type is former Congressman George Holding, who is a bit to the right of Walker and McCrory. but not by much.