NC-11 – In the scrum to succeed western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows, who surprised many with his plan to leave the House, Republican primary candidates are elbowing their way to the front of the pack. A couple of the candidates have their own advantages; one is Meadows’ deputy chief of staff, another a long time state senator. Yet conservative candidate Lynda Bennett may have the most effective edge in earning votes of confidence in her campaign.
The news that Meadows was not running for reelection was straight out of left field for many observers. After all, he is the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, was very popular at home, and has earned an influence of consequence and used it to promote conservatism. Bennett may have had an inkling about the early exit before most people, as she is reportedly close friends with Meadows’ wife, Debbie.
This event, bringing together the wives of conservative warriors in the House in exclusive support of one candidate, is a significant leg up on the primary competition. While other candidates have their advantages, it says something that Meadows is not endorsing his own deputy chief of staff in the race, and his wife is openly campaigning for another candidate. It amounts to a de facto endorsement by the House Freedom Caucus, as all self-respecting married men know that such unified support among a group of their wives for a particular outcome means that outcome is virtually guaranteed.
There will be multiple events where Debbie Meadows and Polly Jordan will appear, over two days in western NC:
So, while the candidates will continue to battle for pole position in the weeks leading up to the March 3 primary election, one candidate seems to pulling ahead. It’s not the only wind at her back, either. The Senate Conservatives Fund, usually reserved for senate raced for obvious reasons, has announced its endorsement of only three candidates for US House; Bennett is one of them and they’re already helping her to raise money with fundraising emails:
Like we said, the House Freedom Caucus and its chair Mark Meadows may not have publicly picked a horse in this race, but the wives of those key conservative figures have spoken and that certainly counts for something. You can check out Bennett and the other primary candidates running to represent North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District here.