The drama continues in the “contentious” GOP primary in North Carolina as the aftermath of former President Trump’s surprise endorsement of Congressman Ted Budd “puts [the] North Carolina GOP in pickle.”
Mark Walker, who won the U.S. Senate straw poll “by a country mile” at the NC GOP convention, recently told the Fayetteville Observer that the endorsement was “orchestrated” and is now fielding questions from activists who asked: “How did President Trump get [the] North Carolina endorsement so wrong at the convention?”
A WRAL editorial writes: “What is the identity of the North Carolina Republican Party? What does it stand for? Who does it stand by? More than anything, the 2022 GOP Senate Primary will determine if the defining factor is loyalty to, and support from, the former president.”
Trump’s decision is causing a headache for the NC GOP. Caught by surprise, “the state party was forced to scramble to make clear that it is remaining neutral in the primary even though Trump has made his choice.” Mark Walker’s campaign account even accused them of hiding the results after they “refused to publicize to media outlets or the public” in the days following the convention.