Former President Donald Trump granted an endorsement to Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) for U.S. Senate while speaking at the North Carolina Republican Party convention Saturday evening, saying Budd will “fight like hell” as he seeks to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC).
Trump vowed to campaign for Budd, who he chose out of several Republican candidates in an already-packed primary field ahead of what is likely to be a competitive general election race in the battleground state.
Budd announced his intentions to run in April, releasing a video featuring Trump and evoking the former president’s “America first” tagline in his campaign message.
“This gentleman is going to be your next senator. He’s going to be somebody that you’re going to be so proud of,” Trump said. “He will fight like hell. … He will fight like nobody fights, and a lot of you don’t know