North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr is out in 2022. He’s retiring. So, we have an open seat in a state that’s pretty much split down the middle. Unless something cataclysmic happens in Pennsylvania, Senate Democrats will pick up the seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA). So, who can hold the line? Could Lara Trump toss her hat in the ring? Yes, she could. President Trump’s daughter-in-law is confirmed to be mulling a run for the U.S. Senate (via Politico):
Lara Trump, daughter-in-law of President Donald Trump, is considering a Senate run in North Carolina, according to two people familiar with her plans.
She is looking at a possible run in 2022, as Republican Sen. Richard Burr’s term comes to a close. Burr has said he will not seek reelection after more than 15 years in office.
The New York Times first reported her Senate consideration.
North Carolina will likely be one of Democrats‘ top Senate targets next year along with seats in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as they seek to either win a majority or preserve their control if they manage to win both Georgia runoffs. It‘s not yet clear who would be Democrats‘ top candidate in the race. The state‘s two best-known Democrats, Gov. Roy Cooper and state Attorney General Josh Stein, both won reelection this month even as Joe Biden and Cunningham lost in the state.
A Lara Trump candidacy would upend what is already likely to be a crowded GOP primary to replace Burr. Mark Meadows, the president‘s chief of staff and a former congressman from the state, is considered a potential candidate. Retiring Rep. Mark Walker is also a likely contender after briefly considering a primary challenge to Tillis last year. Former Gov. Pat McCrory and outgoing Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who lost the governor‘s race, could also be in the mix.
If Lara is in, things could get interesting. If all else fails and Trump finally concedes to Joe Biden, which would be a dark day indeed, Trump would certainly help his son’s wife in her Senate bid. At least I would hope, as he could use trips down there to energize the North Carolina Republicans for Lara, while also reconnecting with key allies for his potential rematch with Biden in 2024. Trump has already made it known that if he loses the 2020 race, he’d just run again in four years.
I hope Lara runs. It just shows that Donald Trump is very much going to remain a lasting influence on the Republican Party. Trumpism is here to stay. Embrace it. Accept it. Or get the hell out of the way.