Mark Walker Expected to Abandon Senate Race and Pursue Return to House
While there has not yet been an official announcement from former Representative Mark Walker, Fox News is reporting that the Greensboro resident will end his bid for the Senate and instead launch a campaign to return to the House of Representatives. That news comes after Walker spent some time this past weekend in Florida with former President Donald Trump. According to Fox News, Trump offered to endorse Walker if he exits the Senate race and instead runs for the House. Such a move would make the Senate field less crowded and would give Ted Budd a better chance of defeating Pat McCrory for the Republican Senate nomination. Trump has already endorsed Budd as his candidate for that Senate seat. Walker is said to be third among the Republicans vying for the nomination – behind both Budd and McCrory. The Senate primary is set for March 8. The Fox News report indicates that Walker would run to represent North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District. The 7th District includes all of Alamance, Chatham, Randolph and Lee Counties, as well as portions of Guilford, Davidson and Wake Counties.