Republican Ted Budd Jumps into NC Senate Race

EXCLUSIVE – Spotlighting that he is a “political outsider” who is “100% pro-life,” and who believes in “putting America First,” conservative Rep. Ted Budd of North Carolina on Wednesday declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in a race that may end up becoming the most hotly contested and expensive Senate battle in the 2022 midterm elections.

Budd becomes the third major Republican candidate – following former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and former Rep. Mark Walker – to jump into the race to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Richard Burr in the crucial general election battleground state.

“I believe in freedom, capitalism and putting America first. And that whole defund the police thing is crazy,” the three-term congressman says in a campaign launch video that was shared first with Fox News.

Budd emphasized that “I’m 100% pro-life and I even think that elections should be fair and secure. I’m a political outsider who can’t be bought by the swamp, and I don’t give a rip about their Washington games.”

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