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North Carolina is set to be one of the most competitive Senate races in the country next year as the Democrats defend their 50-50 Senate majority.
“I give him my full and unreserved support. We will work with him. We will campaign with him,” said Trump on Saturday evening before subtly attacking McCrory, who lost the governor’s race in 2008 and in 2016. “You can Don’t choose people who have already lost two races and who don’t stand for our values. “
“Mr. President, Lara, this means the world to me. Thank you, ”said Budd after Trump called him on stage. “We have a lot of hard work ahead of us.”
Budd was courting Trump even before his offer was published. He traveled to the former president’s home in South Florida for several days before officially announcing his Senate campaign earlier this year. Walker, who was the first candidate in the race, also met with Trump earlier this year.
After Trump’s speech, McCrory reached out to a small group of reporters in the room to discuss Trump’s support. “I think the president got some bad advice in choosing a Washington insider,” he said, adding that “you can tell by the public reaction.”
Urged by a reporter, when former MP Mark Meadows (RN.C.), Trump’s former chief of staff, gave Trump “bad advice,” McCrory said, “It might be a good choice.”
Walker, in a statement ahead of Trump’s speech, announced his victory over the two competitors in a straw poll conducted at Congress.
“Our team is working harder, growing faster, focused on the people of North Carolina, and determined to win this race and finally give our state a truly Conservative Senator,” said Walker.
Meridith McGraw contributed to this report from Greenville, NC