NC06 – After losing to conservative Republican Ted Budd in the 2018 race for North Carolina’s 13th District, liberal Democrat from the Gate City Kathy Manning has announced plans to run for congress in the 6th District.
— Loretta Boniti (@LorettaBoniti) December 2, 2019
The 13th was fortunate to retain their conservative, common sense representation versus adding another liberal brick to the wall on Capitol Hill. The 6th District is also currently represented by a Republican, Congressman Mark Walker, who has achieved some positions of prominence during his tenure in D.C. Not to be confused with Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the Freedom Caucus, Walker was elected to head the Republican Study Committee in 2017. He won reelection in 2018 by 13 points and had fundraising help from the Vice President that gives him access to a national network of donors. He broke a US House record raising more than $650,000 from one fundraiser luncheon featuring Vice President Mike Pence.
However, new congressional districts were just marked with the Sue til Blue seal of approval and one of the giveaways to Democrats happens to be the 6th District. After winning by double digits in 2018, Walker faces a newly drawn district where nearly 60 percent of voters chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016.
As you can see, the 6th District along with the 2nd District, represented by Republican George Holding, were sacrificed to satisfy the Democrats in their Sue til Blue fervor. So while Manning may have come up short in 2018, the deck is certainly stacked more in her favor in a 2020 race for the 6th.
But Manning isn’t the only Leftist salivating over the 60/40 advantage in the 6th; Angela Flynn, touting 20 years of work in the ministry and publication of scholarly theology papers, is running to “turn NC blue” with a platform pushing for more abortion. Her platform also features Big Government Environmentalism, and more disastrous government healthcare programs.
However the Democratic primary plays out, the general election in the 6th just got placed out of reach for Republicans, it seems, even for high profile incumbents. So will Walker defend his seat, or will the changed electoral landscape make some other races more enticing, albeit still risky? Walker considered running against Thom Tillis for U.S. Senate previously, but decided to hold off as the Establishment winced. We’ll know if the political reality of new maps leads him to reconsider the statewide run for U.S. Senate soon enough.