Trump’s early endorsement expected to have significant impacts US Senate race in NC, political experts say
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Former President Donald Trump’s early endorsement in the Republican primary for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat will have significant impacts on the race going forward, political experts told CBS 17 Monday.
Over the weekend, Trump endorsed U.S. Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC 13th District) during the state Republican Party’s convention in Greenville.
In the process, he took swipes at former Gov. Pat McCrory and former U.S. Rep Mark Walker, who has also entered the race.
He said Budd “hasn’t been pushing me at all, unlike some of the others that are running that won’t win.”
The endorsement came minutes after Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump announced she’s not running.
Susan Roberts, a political science professor at Davidson College, called the endorsement a “very big deal.”
“The money that would have been spent, and…