Greensboro’s US MP Mark Walker Might Problem Senator Tillis After District Redrawn | Native information
US MP Mark Walker, a Republican from Greensboro, could challenge GOP Senator Thom Tillis for the party’s Senate nomination next year or run against one of the two GOP housemates in their primaries, a Walker spokesman said Wednesday.
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WASHINGTON – US MP Mark Walker, a Republican from Greensboro, could challenge GOP Senator Thom Tillis for the party’s Senate nomination next year or run against one of the two GOP housemates in their primaries, a Walker spokesman said Wednesday.
Walker was faced with the decision after the North Carolina Legislature revised the state’s congressional map after a state court ruled that the GOP’s previous district lines were improperly benefiting.
Republicans currently hold 10 of the state’s 13 congressional seats. The new map is considerably friendlier to Democrats, and Walker’s precinct, which includes all of Guilford County and part of neighboring Forsyth County, is one of two GOP-held seats likely to be won by the Democrats in next November’s election .
Tillis is aiming for a second six-year term in the Senate. He was criticized by conservatives after initially speaking out against President Donald Trump’s plan to unilaterally shift federal funds for the construction of his planned wall along the Mexican border.
Tillis later reversed that stance and has been supported by Trump ever since. A potential Conservative challenger for the GOP Senate nomination, Garland Tucker, closed his candidacy this week.
Tillis has reported that he has raised nearly $ 8 million and has already run TV spots touting his support for Trump.