Senator Graham told Fox News’ Chris Wallace, ‘If she runs, I will certainly be behind her because I think she represents the future of the Republican Party’
The North Carolina Republican Party is expected to vote Monday on whether to censure Sen. Richard Burr over his vote to convict
The New York Times
Lara Trump for North Carolina Senate Seat? Trump’s Trial Is Renewing Talk.
Annie Karni and Jonathan MartinMon, February 15, 2021, 9:03 PM
WASHINGTON — A central issue in last week’s impeachment trial was whether former President Donald Trump deserves a political future. But his acquittal sparked speculation Sunday about the electoral prospects of another Trump: his daughter-in-law, Lara.
Sen. Richard M. Burr’s decision to vote for the conviction of Donald Trump incensed many Republicans in his home state of North Carolina, and in doing so reignited talk that Lara Trump, a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, would seek the Senate seat Burr will vacate in 2022.
“My friend Richard Burr just made Lara Trump almost the certain nominee for the Senate seat in North Carolina to replace him if she runs,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in an interview on Fox News on Sunday.
Lara Trump did not respond to a request for comment. One senior Republican official with knowledge of her plans said that the Jan. 6 riot soured her desire to seek office, but that she would decide over the next few months whether to run as part of a coordinated Trump family comeback.
If negotiating a post-Donald-Trump world has been a disorienting experience for Republicans around the country, it is especially acute in North Carolina, a state that has become a polarized, and nearly deadlocked, partisan battleground.