Former President Donald Trump is backing Rep. Ted Budd for the Republican Senate nomination in North Carolina after his daughter-in-law Lara Trump announced she won’t seek the open seat.
Lara Trump, the wife of second son Eric Trump, made the announcement Saturday night as her father-in-law began his remarks at the North Carolina Republican Convention, in Greenville. After pondering the race for months, Trump told the crowd she was “no for now” on running for office, so she could focus on the couple’s two young children.
Lara Trump over the months failed to dissuade other prominent North Carolina Republicans from jumping into the race to succeed GOP Sen. Richard Burr, who is retiring from Congress after 18 years in the Senate and ten in the House. The North Carolina Senate race is crucial for Republicans to hold in 2022 in their bid to claim a majority in the chamber. The Senate currently now effectively has