Trump Makes A Deal To Clear North Carolina GOP Senate Field So His Candidate Can Win

The Daily Caller

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Former President Donald Trump struck a deal this past weekend to clear the crowded field in North Carolina’s Republican primary for Senate for Rep. Ted Budd, his preferred candidate, a source close with Budd and familiar with the meeting confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Budd, who joined the fray in April and received Trump’s endorsement two months later, has failed to emerge as the frontrunner in a GOP primary that includes former Gov. Pat McCrory and former Rep. Mark Walker. One recent poll conducted for the conservative group Club for Growth, which has also backed Budd, found the congressman slightly behind McCrory even as Budd’s popularity rose in recent months, while Walker remained in a distant third.

An internal poll from McCrory’s campaign, however, showed the former governor up by 15 points.

Over the weekend, Trump told Walker that he would endorse him if he dropped out of the Senate race and ran for a House seat, the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said, adding that Walker did not take much convincing given his standing in the race.

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