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Rep. Ted Budd, RN.C., said former President Trump’s support was a “huge” factor in his bid to become North Carolina’s next senator.
Budd won Trump’s endorsement last summer for the open seat and in recent weeks the congressman has risen to frontrunner status in the contentious primary showdown that also includes former Gov. Pat McCrory and the former representative Mark Walker.
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“I think it was huge,” Budd told Fox News Digital on Tuesday of Trump’s endorsement. “But it really helps, especially when you work hard like we did. We stayed focused. We worked hard. Stay humble and come out and ask people for their prayers and support and votes.”
In an interview Tuesday at a polling place in Belews Creek, North Carolina, Budd said he visited all 100 counties in North Carolina in an effort to succeed incumbent GOP Senator Richard Burr.
He said he would keep his campaign promises. “Do what you say you’re going to do,” Budd said his grandfather instilled in his family. “So that’s what I’ll do.”
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In interviews with five voters at the polling place, three specifically said Trump’s endorsement was a factor in their choice for the Senate race.
One voter, Joyce from Belews Creek, said the country was in a “sad situation” today and the former president was a “big” influence on her vote.
“I’m for him,” she said of Trump. “That’s my man.”
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and Matteo Cina contributed to this report.