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Politics Former North Carolina governor set to launch Senate bid: report

20:45  12 april  2021
20:45  12 april  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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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, according to a report from Politico.

Pat McCrory wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Former North Carolina governor set to launch Senate bid: report © Getty Images Former North Carolina governor set to launch Senate bid: report

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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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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