GREENVILLE – Going into the convention weekend for the North Carolina Republican Party former Governor Pat McCrory seemed to have a commanding lead in the Republican primary race for U.S. Senate in 2022; during the weekend’s events, keynote speaker former President Donald Trump gave a high profile endorsement of primary candidate Congressman Ted Budd; but, it was former Congressman Mark Walker that earned a straw poll victory from convention delegates.
Convention delegates, usually comprised of the most active local party participants, may not be the best gauge of where the electorate is on a larger, less engaged scale. However, on the same note, it is an indication that the most enthusiastic local party participants are pulling levers for Mark Walker. And they’ll likely let everyone back home know it as well.
Emerging from the weekend convention, then, what was turning shades of a one man race with McCrory at the top, is now more likely a more competitive contest than the former governor would have liked.