WASHINGTON, D.C. – The pro-growth PAC Club for Growth announced their endorsement of Congressman Ted Budd in the three-man GOP primary race for 2022 U.S. Senate, and now they have announced millions in funds raised to help get him elected.
From Club for Growth:
“Club for Growth Action announced it has already raised $5.125 million to support Rep. Ted Budd’s campaign to become the next Senator from North Carolina. Budd has a 97% lifetime rating on Club for Growth Foundation’s Economic Scorecard, and he was endorsed by Club for Growth PAC in April as well as by former President Donald Trump earlier this month.
“Ted Budd is a true champion of pro-growth policies and we are proud to support his Senate campaign,” said David McIntosh, Club for Growth Action President. “We have already raised over $5 million for the race, and we plan to raise and spend even more.””
The ad-buys the Club will commit those millions toward will go toward raising Budd’s profile against a field of opponents that have high name ID. Along with the endorsement from former President Donald Trump, Budd will need the Club’s efforts to transform what was a third place campaign into a real contender.
Will it work? There is no clear pattern to follow; Club endorsements and spending have moved needles in the past, a natural result of backing a candidate with money and ads, but their endorsements have also fallen flat in North Carolina elections before. The same variable results mark the Trump primary endorsements as well.
So, as always, we’ll have to wait and see. One thing you can count on, though, is that North Carolina voters will be seeing a lot more Budd on their screens — about $5 million worth of him.