WASHINGTON, D.C. – The three-man race for the 2022 US Senate Republican primary in North Carolina involves a lot of alliances and sniping among established players, whether it be in DC or NC. Former Governor Pat McCrory and current Congressman Ted Budd are vying for the spot, but it’s the former Congressman Mark Walker that keeps attracting the attention of U.S. Senator Thom Tillis for some reason.
Tillis does not seem to like Walker, to say the least, while he openly stumps for Budd and McCrory (HINT: the latter all use the same consultants). Walker, though, seems to understand that not being liked by Thom Tillis could be a positive in the eyes of Republican primary voters.
That much is evident in this vicarious exchange on Twitter:
I just asked @SenThomTillis about the NC senate race. After praising Rep. Budd and Gov. McCrory, he said: “incidentally I did leave Mark Walker out of the Bible candidates’ category.”
Me: you left him out on purpose?
Tillis: “yeah. That’s why I wanted to make sure you got it.”
— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) May 18, 2021
— Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) May 18, 2021
He might need it. Between the former governor and a sitting member of congress, Walker has his work cut out for him in light of early polls and despite the head start.