U.S. Rep. Ted Budd, a Republican backed by former President Donald Trump in North Carolina’s Senate race, is pulling ahead of other GOP candidates in the polls for retiring Sen. Richard Burr’s seat.
The Raleigh News & Observer reported Sunday that Budd, a Davie County native, is leading by the double digits in the polls ahead of former Gov. Pat McCrory, former U.S. Rep. Mark Walker and political newcomer Marjorie Eastman. He has skipped debates, strategizing to instead rely on campaign events and millions of dollars in advertisements to resonate with voters and secure the party ticket.
The influential conservative PAC Club For Growth plans to spend $14 million supporting Budd in the primary. McCrory has accused the super PAC of “trying to steal this election through deception,” after the release of a new ad of North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson endorsing Budd. The ad, which began airing on statewide television Wednesday, criticizes McRory as the state GOP’s former standard-bearer.