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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.

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( April 28th, 2021 @ 5:30 pm )
Prominent national conservative PAC The Club for Growth has endorsed Congressman Ted Budd for US Senate in the NC Republican primary. Most now seem to be assuming that Lara Trump will not end up running. The other major national conservative PAC, the Senate Conservatives Fund is said to be waiting for final definitive word that Lara Trump will not run before they, too, endorse Budd. Budd looks like the only conservative among the three major candidates. Walker and McCrory are moderates with deep ties to the establishment.
( April 28th, 2021 @ 2:33 pm )
Ted Budd is IN the US Senate primary. He is the only true conservative among the announced candidates. The others, Mark Walker and Pat McCrory are both establishment go-fers.
( April 16th, 2021 @ 10:23 am )
It looks like a scandal may be brewing on establishment US Senate candidate Pat McCrory, and it is of the sexual harassment nature. Alex B. Peterson, an ABC News reporter, who was one of those who had complained about the Lincoln Project founder who had to resign in disgrace over homosexual solicitations, has publicly made a similar complaint about Pat McCrory. Peterson said when he interviewed McCrory for ABC, McCrory did not give back the small microphone he was wearing, and when Peterson asked for it back, McCrory smirked, leaned in to him and said "I was hoping you would reach into my pocket to grab it". This is the same Pat McCrory who was all over the landscape on letting men into women's restrooms and shower rooms while in office, and then came out fully on the LGBTQ side after he left office. Having a man make this type of accusation is probably much more damaging than if it came from a woman.
( April 14th, 2021 @ 1:18 pm )
The Daily Haymaker is reporting that Burr's long time chief political consultant, Paul Shumaker, is running Pat McCrory's campaign for Senate. Shumaker is an establishment hack. McCrory is bad news. He tried to take away the Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates until that was stopped by the legislature. He has waffled badly on keeping men out of the Ladies restrooms and locker rooms. He caves in to the cancel culture. But his establishment rival, Mark Walker is also bad on similar things. Ted Budd or Lara Trump are who we need.
( April 14th, 2021 @ 5:56 am )
I agree with Steve Rader. Conservatives do not need to water down our strength by dividing between multiple candidates. In North Carolina its been a long time since good conservative representation (Helms and East and Helms and Faircloth). There's not been much to write home about since.

For example, just lately both Burr and Tillis joined eighteen other nominal Republican U.S. Senators in voting to confirm the extreme anti 2nd Amendment Biden nominee for attorney general: Merrick Garland.

North Carolina Republicans must do better this time.
( April 13th, 2021 @ 8:09 pm )
Conservatives do not need our ranks divided in this primary. We need to unite behind one candidate. Lara Trump and Ted Budd need to decide which of them is going to run, and then the other one needs to get behind the one running. Dividing conservatives is a recipe to get stuck with another Richard Burr or Thom Tillis.

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