The most recent polls show 13th District Congressman Ted Budd taking the lead in North Carolina’s Republican Senate primary.
Earlier polls had shown former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory leading, although his lead was shrinking.
Former 6th District Congressman Mark Walker doesn’t appear to have budged much and is mired in third place with about 10% support.
The poll by The Hill and Emerson College shows Budd 38% support, compared to 22% for McCrory and 9% for Walker.
Budd got former President Donald Trump’s surprise endorsement in June 2021, and 59% of likely voters said Trump’s endorsement would make them more likely to support a candidate.
Perhaps an even more telling poll finding is that Budd leads the presumptive Democratic nominee, former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, 50% to 43%; Walker leads Beasley 47% to 42%; and McCrory trails Beasley 43% to 41%.
McCrory ran three statewide races for governor and lost two of three.
A poll released by Civitas on Thursday, April 7 puts Budd in double digits, but not as much as the Emerson College poll, which was conducted April 2-4.
According to the Civitas poll, Budd leads with 32% to McCrory’s 21% and Walker’s 7%. On a poll that included only the top four contenders, Budd had 34%, McCrory 24%, Walker 10% and Marjorie Eastman 3%.
A poll by Civitas in January showed McCrory leading with 24%, followed by Budd with 19%.
The Civitas poll indicates that Budd has increased his support by 13 points and McCrory during the same period has lost 3 points.
In the North Carolina primaries, to avoid a runoff, a candidate must obtain more than 30% of the vote. Current polls show Budd above that 30% by a slim margin. But the Civitas poll also showed that 39% were undecided.
Budd will speak at a Trump rally in Johnston County on Saturday, April 9, and Trump is expected to include his support for Budd in his remarks.