Trump Endorses Rep. Ted Budd as Lara Trump Announces She Will Not Run for Senate

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday pushed Republicans to support candidates who are loyal to him in next year’s midterm elections as the former president launched a new more active phase of his post presidency at the Greenville convention center in North Carolina. Trump announced his endorsement of loyalist Rep. Ted Budd in the crowded Republican primary. The endorsement came shortly after Trump daughter-in-law and North Carolina native Lara Trump was invited to the stage briefly to announce that she would not run for the Senate because of family obligations. “I am saying no for now, not no forever,” Lara Trump said. Trump also gave mention to former Gov. Pat McCrory in his speech, who he said he would not support. McCrory has been critical of Trump’s seeking thorough audits for the 2020 election. “You can’t pick people who have already lost two races and do not stand for our values,” …

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