Sports Mark Walker takes early jump into N. Carolina Senate race

23:05  01 december  2020
23:05  01 december  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Rep. Mark Walker (R., N .C.) is the second North Carolina Republican to step down from his House seat after A new set of congressional districts in North Carolina is quickly shaking up political races in the state. Rep. George Holding (R., N .C.) said earlier this month that he was not running again.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Outgoing North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker announced on Tuesday his bid to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Richard Burr in 2022, a path the Republican indicated a year ago he'd pursue after his House district shifted to the left during an unscheduled redistricting.

Mark Walker wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone © Provided by The Canadian Press

The quick entry of Walker, mere days after almost all North Carolina 2020 election results were finalized, signals his attempt to make other big-name conservatives think hard before entering the race. Those include Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law and a North Carolina native.

Burr announced years ago that his third six-year term would be his last.

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Mark Walker (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. House, representing North Carolina 's 6th Congressional District. He assumed office on January 6, 2015. His current term ends on January 3, 2021.

The 2020 North Carolina Senate election between Thom Tillis and Cal Cunningham has been roiled by an extramarital affair and a coronavirus diagnosis. Thom Tillis and Democrat Cal Cunningham face off in a North Carolina Senate race that will help to decide the chamber's majority in the 2020 election.

“I’m running for the United States Senate because serving others is my life, and I have the experience to fight and to win in Washington," Walker, 51, said in a campaign kickoff video on his website.

A favourite of the Republican base, Walker is a Baptist minister who was first elected to Congress in 2014. He rose through the ranks and chaired the conservative Republican Study Committee. He made inroads working with African American lawamkers by working on efforts to promote historically Black colleges and universities. Black residents are featured prominently in his fast-paced 4-minute video, recorded in downtown Greensboro.

Walker had considered challenging Sen. Thom Tillis in the 2020 Republican primary, particularly after GOP activists aligned with Donald Trump questioned Tillis' allegiance to the president. But Walker declined, and two weeks later Trump endorsed Tillis for reelection.

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Mark Walker has been caught up in a federal corruption probe that has rocked the North Carolina Republican Party and led to the indictment of former Rep. Earlier , Lindberg donated more than ,000 to a different Walker -affiliated joint fundraising committee, according to FEC records.

See more of Representative Mark Walker on Facebook. Barring parents from attending their children's games in an empty 51 ,000-seat stadium because of North Carolina 's 50-person outdoor mass gathering restriction is illogical, ridiculous, and a gross mismanagement of policies supposedly

Walker said he had spoken to Trump about challenging Tillis, and that he would focus on winning another term in central North Carolina's 6th Congressional District.

That calculus changed in late 2019 when the state legislature redrew all 13 U.S. House districts after judges ruled it was likely the previous map was tainted with extreme partisan bias favouring the GOP.

The reworked 6th District made it likely that a Democrat would win the seat and Walker announced last December he wouldn't run for anything in 2020. A Walker spokesperson said at the time that Trump told Walker he would back a 2022 Senate run.

Such an endorsement, if Trump gives it, could winnow the Republican field in North Carolina, where Trump twice earned the state’s electoral votes. His 2020 victory over Joe Biden by 1.3 percentage points, however, was less than half of his victory margin over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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Elections for the office of North Carolina State Senate will take place in 2020. The general election will be held on November 3, 2020. A primary was scheduled for March 3, 2020. The filing deadline was December 20, 2019.

North Carolina is a glaring example of the deepening divisions that have defined U.S. politics in the Trump era. The party lost House seats in the Midwest, and Democratic challengers in Iowa, Kansas, Montana and North Carolina Senate races , all once viewed as serious threats to Republican

But any such commitment to Walker could be threatened if a family member of the president enters the race.

A person close to Lara Trump, speaking on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss her thinking publicly, told The Associated Press that the president’s daughter-in-law has expressed interest in Burr’s seat in 2022 and is exploring a run.

Lara Trump, 38, grew up in Wilmington and attended N.C. State University. She currently lives in New York with husband Eric Trump and their two children. She made frequent campaign appearances for her father-in-law in both 2016 and 2020, connecting her to the state's GOP culture.

Walker's video didn't mention Donald Trump by name but mentioned that his time in Congress included “taking on the swamp.” Walker's goal, he said, was “to be a conservative warrior and a bridge builder for all of our communities. And that’s exactly what we did.” His campaign website shows a photo of Walker with President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence in the Oval Office.

Other Republicans who've said they'd consider Senate bids include former Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Rep. George Holding of Raleigh, who also didn't seek reelection this year due to redistricting.

On the Democratic side, state Sen. Erica Smith, who lost to Cal Cunningham in the 2020 primary for the seat held by Tillis, is already running in 2022. Other names in the mix include state Attorney General Josh Stein and Anthony Foxx, a former Charlotte mayor and U.S. transportation secretary.

Official candidate filing for the March 2022 primaries begins in December 2021, but clearly candidates will have to gas up their campaign fundraising machines well before. The 2020 Tillis-Cunningham race was the most expensive Senate race ever at well over $280 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Burr’s retirement will make the first open Senate seat in North Carolina since Democrat John Edwards didn’t run for reelection in 2004, when he instead was the vice-presidential nominee.

Gary D. Robertson, The Associated Press

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