Budd Sees Big Trump Bump

RALEIGH – Getting an endorsement from Donald Trump is no small deal. Indeed, the U.S. Senate primary campaign of Congressman Ted Budd think it is a very big deal. Huge, even.

In a press release the Budd campaign touted a bump in polling support on the back of Trump’s endorsement of the congressman during the NCGOP convention, boasting that when voters learn of the former president’s support, Budd swings to a lead. The campaign aims the release squarely at former Governor Pat McCrory, who has sported a healthy lead in the three-man GOP primary race for U.S. Senate.

“Ted Budd sees a 45-point net positive swing and surges to a 19-point lead when likely Republican primary voters learn that President Donald Trump has endorsed Ted Budd for US Senate.

“These survey results are devastating news for the McCrory Campaign,” said Jonathan Felts, Senior Advisor to Ted Budd for U.S. Senate. “The executive summary is that McCrory’s support is soft and eroding, and completely disappears when likely primary voters learn that President Donald Trump has endorsed Ted Budd for U.S. Senate. This information results in a 45-point net swing in favor of Ted Budd, leaving him with a 19-point advantage over McCrory.”

“Given his 32-year-career-in-politics-rolodex, Governor McCrory still has a name ID and fundraising advantage, for now,” Felts continued. “But given that 80% of likely primary voters don’t know yet that President Trump endorsed Ted Budd? We feel good about our chances. McCrory’s donors need to recognize that donating to the McCrory campaign now makes about as much sense as buying stock in the Titanic after she hit the iceberg.”

If you’re catching arrows in the back; you’re probably still in front, at least.

While Budd is enjoying a Trump bump, McCrory hasn’t been overtaken just yet, a fact reflected in that McCrory’s name is mentioned half a dozen times in Budd‘s press release. The gap has to be made up on the ground as the Budd campaign makes sure more MAGA voters know of the former president’s endorsement.

As for targeting the current leader, the Budd campaign is well-equipped; senior Budd advisor Jonathan Felts was once upon a time senior advisor to the state’s last Republican governor.

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