Rep. Mark Walker eyes Richard Burr's Senate seat after redistricting

 Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., speaks to the media following the House GOP leadership elections in the Longworth House Office Building
Mark Walker speaks to the media in Washington, D.C., in 2018. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) told the Durham Herald-Sun Monday he won't run for office next year and he's "moving toward" a U.S. Senate bid in 2022, when Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is expected to retire.

Why it matters: State lawmakers passed a new congressional map following a corruption scandal that's left Walker's district in a predominantly Democratic area and he'd likely lose his seat in 2020, per the Raleigh News & Observer.

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National Dems push to flip legislative chambers in 2020

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National Democratic leaders and activist groups are deploying "unprecedented" resources in the hopes of flipping state legislative chambers in at least seven states in 2020, The Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The groups intend to pour tens of millions of dollars into low-profile contests that will influence how the upcoming redistricting battle plays out, the Post writes. The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee has established a $50 million spending goal — five times more than the group allocated during the last round of redistricting in 2010.