Three-term western North Carolina Congressman Ted Budd (R-Advance) joined the growing number of open seat US Senate candidates yesterday as he declared his intention to enter the statewide contest. He will face at least former Gov. Pat McCrory and ex-US Rep. Mark Walker in the GOP primary.
North Carolina has a runoff law but it is only triggered if no contender receives at least 30% of the vote. With candidates of this caliber already in the race, it is highly probable that the nominee will claim an outright victory in the first election. Democrats also have a crowded field in which former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and state Sen. Jeff Jackson (D-Charlotte) lead. Sen. Richard Burr (R) is not seeking a fourth term.
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