Nov 9, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Republican Ted Budd wins North Carolina Senate race

Representative Ted Budd speaks during a Save America rally

Ted Budd speaks during a rally for former President Trump on Sept. 23 in Wilmington, N.C. Photo: Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Republican Rep. Ted Budd beat Democrat Cheri Beasley in North Carolina by racking up votes in rural parts of the state, the Associated Press reported.

Why it matters: Budd’s win is a sign that Democrats in the state were unable to counter this year's expected "red wave," driven in part by rising inflation and President Biden's low approval ratings.

The intrigue: Budd’s success may have also been driven by his attempt to paint Beasley as soft on crime in the final months of the race.

  • Republicans pointed to Beasley’s rulings during her time as chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
  • Budd will replace retiring Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who served in Congress for more than two decades and was chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee for several years.
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