Trump Endorses Rep. Ted Budd For N.C. Senate Seat After Lara Trump Opts Out
Former President Donald Trump on Saturday endorsed Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) for North Carolina’s open U.S. Senate seat after his daughter-in-law Lara Trump said she wouldn’t join the already hotly contested GOP primary field.
Lara Trump said part way through Trump’s remarks at a North Carolina GOP convention that while she “did a lot of soul-searching,” it’s ‘no’ for now,” though “not ‘no’ forever.”
Trump said he “put a little pressure” on his daughter-in-law to make a decision because he wanted to clear the field quickly rather than have a drawn-out, bloody primary.
Trump gave his “complete and total endorsement” to Budd and vowed to work and campaign with him, revealing he only told Budd 15 minutes before he took the stage.
Budd, invited to the stage by Trump, said the endorsement, which is likely to give him a considerable edge in the primary, “means the world to me.”