Reporting from McClatchy today highlights the millions of dollars in outside money that have poured into the North Carolina Republican U.S. Senate primary as Ted Budd, Pat McCrory, and Mark Walker continue to compete in a messy primary fight. The relentless intra-party feuding and “groveling” for the former president’s endorsement has created a “toxic” primary fueled by party loyalty tests and personal attacks. The chaos is driving divisions in the Republican Party that are sure to worsen as candidates get more and more desperate in the final months.
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