May 2, 2024 - Politics

Path to Congress clears for Trump-backed Knott

A red "Vote Here" sign in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

A sign outside a polling station at Fuquay Varina Community Center in Fuquay Varina earlier this spring. Photo: Allison Joyce/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former federal prosecutor and Trump-endorsed candidate Brad Knott has seemingly sealed the Republican nomination for North Carolina's 13th Congressional District after Smithfield attorney Kelly Daughtry dropped out of the race ahead of the May 14 primary runoff.

Why it matters: The runoff for the Republican-leaning district seemed primed to become a measurement of how much power Trump's support has in the swing state in 2024, as we reported earlier this week.

  • Two days after that story ran, Daughtry answered that question in a statement ending her candidacy.

What they're saying: "In light of President Trump's endorsement of Brad Knott for the Congressional seat in District 13, it has become clear that a pathway to victory is no longer feasible," Daughtry said in a statement.

  • "I believe in the democratic process and respect the endorsement of our President."

The intrigue: Ballots have already been printed, and some already cast, meaning Daughtry could still walk away with the most votes.

  • On the off chance that happens, she could still withdraw, and a Republican district executive committee would choose the nominee, the N&O reported.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details.

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