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Representative Ted Budd is the Republican nominee for the open North Carolina Senate seat, while Cheri Beasley is the Democratic nominee.

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Budd and Beasley win nominations: NPR

Representative Ted Budd is the Republican nominee for the open North Carolina Senate seat, while Cheri Beasley is the Democratic nominee.

Chris Seward/AP; Gerry Broome/AP

Rep. Ted Budd, who was backed in the Republican primary by former President Donald Trump, will face Democrat Cheri Beasley in the highly-watched U.S. Senate election in North Carolina, race calls show. Associated Press.

In the GOP primary, Budd fended off opponents including former Gov. Pat McCrory.

Beasley, who was the first black woman to serve as chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, faced mild opposition to the Democratic nomination. She reached the top after her main main competitor dropped out of the race in December.

Budd had a consistent lead in the polls over McCrory for months. The former president weighed in early, backing Budd last June over McCrory and former Rep. Mark Walker.

The race revealed rifts within the Republican Party between more establishment candidates and those Trump has endorsed.

Trump’s somewhat surprising choice of Budd has bolstered the position of the relatively unknown congressman. Budd has also been aided by outside funds, namely millions of dollars in support from the Club for Growth PAC.

McCrory, who gained national notoriety when he signed the state’s ‘toilet bill’, failed to send a strong message against Budd, despite nearly matching it in its fundraising efforts.

The race for the Senate is another competitive competition that has high stakes for both parties. The seat is open thanks to the retirement of GOP Senator Richard Burr, and Bake the political report predicts that the seat will tilt to stay red.

But Beasley raised $1 million in April and has more money than his Republican counterpart, in part because the Democratic primary was far less competitive.

Budd and Beasley win nominations: NPR

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cheri Beasley, center, laughs with her husband Curtis Owens, right, at a campaign event in February as her son Matthew Owens looks on. Beasley won the Democratic Senate primary on Tuesday, according to the AP.

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cheri Beasley, center, laughs with her husband Curtis Owens, right, at a campaign event in February as her son Matthew Owens looks on. Beasley won the Democratic Senate primary on Tuesday, according to the AP.

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Budd and Beasley win nominations: NPR

Republican Representative Ted Budd shakes hands with former President Donald Trump during a rally in April.

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