Former state Senator Erica Smith (D), who ran for the Senate in 2020 and faired poorly in the Democratic primary, has decided to end her 2022 Senate bid and instead filed a committee to run for the now open 2nd Congressional District. Late last week, incumbent Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-Wilson) announced that he will not seek re-election next year.
The newly designed 2nd is a competitive general election district. Ms. Smith’s chances to prevail in the House Democratic primary are far better than were her prospects in the Senate race, so her move makes sense especially since she represented part of the new CD for six years in the North Carolina Senate. Potential House Democratic contenders are state Sen. Don Davis (D-Snow Hill), Henderson City Councilman Jason Spriggs, and progressive activist DeAndre Carter.
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