Rep. Ted Budd,R-N.C., running third in North Carolina’s three-candidate Republican primary for U.S. Senate, on Saturday secured the most-desired endorsement of all for Tarheel State Republicans — that of Donald Trump.
The former president used the occasion of his address to the state GOP convention in Raleigh to endorse the three-term congressman he said was “very special.”
“That gentleman is going to be your next U.S. Senator,” declared Trump, electrifying the convention when he said Budd’s name and underscored that the congressman has his “complete and total endorsement.”
“President Trump’s endorsement will certainly propel Ted Budd’s candidacy,” Wayne King, former vice chairman of the North Carolina GOP, told Newsmax.
But King quickly added that Trump’s “America First Agenda is on the hearts and minds of Republicans across North Carolina and all three of these candidates have been great ambassadors for these principles.”
He was referring to Budd’s two rivals for nomination in next year’s primary — former Rep. Mark Walker and former Gov. Pat McCrory.
Before Trump’s endorsement “stole the show” at the party conclave, Walker was the big newsmaker. In a straw poll of more than 1200 delegates, the former congressman won with 44 percent, followed by Budd at 29