GOP Rep. Mark Walker is expected to announce plans to run for Senate in North Carolina in early December, multiple sources confirmed to The Hill, with an official campaign rollout coming as soon as Dec. 1.
Walker, a member of House GOP leadership and former chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, is set to launch a bid for the seat being vacated by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) in January 2023. Burr announced in 2016, the year he last won reelection, that he would not run for another six-year term.
The GOP congressman had previously weighed a primary bid against Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) in 2019 before opting against the challenge. He decided not to seek another term in the House after his court-prompted redistricting shifted his seat from safely Republican to a blue district.
Walker, a former pastor who has previously seen strong support and encouragement to run from conservative groups like Club for Growth, has served as an ally and staunch defender of President Trump during his time in the House. His upcoming announcement comes as reports have emerged that Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, is mulling running for the Senate seat.
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