RALEIGH – The 2022 Republican primary race for US Senate is proving to be as interesting as expected. Former Congressman Mark Walker, the first and longest campaigning candidate, is contributing to that intrigue. Up against a former governor with wide name recognition and fundraising ability, as well as a current congressman who received the coveted Trump endorsement, Walker, even though he was first in the race, is still considered the underdog campaign.
That seems alright by him. In a Facebook post, Walker points to some recent media coverage on the respective campaigns’ fundraising positions, noting his small dollar prowess and local endorsements as an overlooked factor in the race.
An underdog with widespread local backing and a lot of money on hand may indeed be more comfortable position than a candidate not living up to the shine of a Trump endorsement.
A great many voters are still far from decided in this race. Name ID can help and hurt with some crowds, and convincing voters of a candidate’s suitability for the current moment is quite a feat in the current moment. As candidates begin deploying their cash piles, the landscape is bound to shift back and forth quite a bit.