Today, multiple key states are holding their primaries in what will be another test of the strength of President Trump’s endorsement.  Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Idaho, Oregon, and North Carolina all began voting today for the 2022 midterm elections.

Results from Pennsylvania just started coming in minutes ago, with only 5% currently reporting.  In the North Carolina Senate Primary, a winner has already been declared for the Republican nomination.  Representative Ted Budd (R-Nc.) was declared the winner of the primary.

Budd was endorsed by both President Trump and the influential Club for Growth.  He said that Trump’s endorsement was a ‘huge’ factor in his victory against former Governor Pat McCrory and former Representative Mark Walker.

NBC News Reports

 

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“Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., won North Carolina’s Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, defeating former Gov. Pat McCrory and former U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, NBC News projected.

Just after 8 p.m E.T., Budd held a lead of roughly 30 points over McCrory. His victory sets up a fall battle with Democratic nominee Cheri Beasley, the former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Budd was locked in a tight race with McCrory for months but was able to turn the race into less of nail-biter with just weeks to go thanks mostly to two friends who recently became enemies — former President Donald Trump and the Club for Growth, a conservative economics group spending millions in Republican primaries.

Both Trump and the Club for Growth announced their support for Budd last year. In fact, Budd was one of Trump’s earliest endorsements of the entire cycle. But Budd did not start building a lead in the polls until the final weeks of the race.

His surge began near Trump’s April rally and as the Club for Growth ratcheted up its anti-McCrory spending.”

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FOX News conducted exit polling and found that a significant number of Republican voters supported Budd because of Trump’s endorsement.

In Pennsylvania, Trump-endorsed Mehmet Oz currently trails Dave McCormick by ten points, followed by Kathy Barnette who trails Oz by three points.

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