Politics Former North Carolina governor set to launch Senate bid: report
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Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) is preparing to launch a bid for the state's Senate seat this week,
McCrory was first elected to the governor's mansion in 2012 but lost reelection in 2016 to Democrat Roy Cooper. Many Democrats has attributed McCrory's loss, in part, to his decision to sign legislation that aimed to ban transgender people from bathrooms that matched their gender identity.
The Tar Heel state's Senate race, which will take place in 2022, is thought to be one of the most competitive races of the campaign cycle. The race will likely play a major role in the place to control the Upper Chamber. Democrats hold a narrow majority in the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris serving as a tie-breaking vote. History also shows that the sitting president's party usually loses seats during the first midterm of the presidential term. However, Democrats maintain the seat is a prime pickup. The non-partisan Cook Political Report rates the seat as a "toss-up."
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Senate elections typically happen only every two years -- except sometimes they're three years in a row.Democrats picked up two seats in November 2020. They won two more in Georgia runoffs in January 2021. And in 2022, they'll be fighting to keep control of the evenly divided chamber, where Vice President Kamala Harris is the tie-breaking vote.
McCrory would be entering the Republican primary to replace outgoing Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). Former Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) has also declared a bid. Former President Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump, who worked on his campaign and is a North Carolina native, is also said to be considering a run.
On the Democratic side, Airforce veteran and Beaufort, N.C. Mayor Rett Newton announced a bid last week, joining state Sen. Jeff Jackson (D), former state Sen. Erica Smith (D) and Richard Watkins. Cheri Beasley, former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, is also expected to launch a campaign for the seat.
The Hill has reached out to McCrory for comment.
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Financial disclosure reports from the first three months of the year could offer a glimpse into the early maneuvering by potential contenders in 2022. One of the most vulnerable incumbents at the center of the fight over control of the chamber is Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who said he's in no hurry to decide on his future plans. He is not alone, with Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the most senior Republican in the Senate, also putting off final word on his future after four decades in Congress.