RALEIGH – As the field of potential candidates to make a run for the 2022 U.S. Senate seat ripens, one on many Democrats’ short list has made it official. State Senator Jeff Jackson (D-Mecklenburg) announced his bid for the seat currently held by Republican Richard Burr on Twitter:
Hey folks – I’m officially running to serve North Carolina in the U.S. Senate.
You deserve leadership that listens and learns. So we’re making this a true 100 county campaign.
— Sen. Jeff Jackson (@JeffJacksonNC) January 26, 2021
Only yesterday we visited the rumor mill regarding Governor Roy Cooper’s possible interest in the Senate, and vacating the governor’s mansion. Cooper carried a considerable advantage in polling, but the relatively young Jackson has also long been on the Left’s bench as a recruit for federal office.
With an open seat vacated by a long-serving incumbent in a swing state like North Carolina, it will be interesting to see the jousting of primary campaigns and what that says about each Party’s base.
Now that the seal has been broken on both sides — former Congressman Mark Walker has already announced his pursuit of the seat — expect to see a lot more people jump in the pool come spring time.