George W. Bush to headline fundraisers for Burr in NC
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Former President George W. Bush is hitting the campaign trail for vulnerable GOP Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrA proposal to tackle congressional inside trading: Invest in the US Former Gov. Pat McCrory enters GOP Senate race in North Carolina Lara Trump leads GOP field in North Carolina Senate race, poll shows MORE in the battleground state of North Carolina.

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Bush will headline two fundraisers for Burr next week on Oct. 11 in Charlotte and Raleigh, Burr’s campaign confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday.

The fundraisers come with polls showing a tightening race in Burr's tough reelection fight against former state Rep. Deborah Ross (D).

The seat could be pivotal for determining which party controls the Senate next year. Bush has stumped for other GOP incumbents and Senate hopefuls this cycle, including Rep. Todd YoungTodd Christopher Young'Building Back Better' requires a new approach to US science and technology To encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision Senate Republicans voice opposition to Biden on Iran MORE in Indiana, who faces an uphill battle against former Sen. Evan Bayh (D). Bush has also hosted fundraisers, including for Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCain'Real Housewives of the GOP' — Wannabe reality show narcissists commandeer the party George W. Bush: 'It's a problem that Americans are so polarized' they can't imagine him being friends with Michelle Obama Congress brings back corrupt, costly, and inequitably earmarks MORE (R-Ariz.) and Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteOvernight Defense: NATO expanding troops in Iraq Overnight Defense: New START extended for five years | Austin orders 'stand down' to tackle extremism | Panel recommends Biden delay Afghanistan withdrawal Study group recommends Biden delay Afghanistan withdrawal MORE (R-N.H.), and appeared at one for Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) Tuesday.

Bush also campaigned alongside Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGOP Rep. Steve Stivers plans to retire Kellyanne Conway joins Ohio Senate candidate's campaign OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms Mallory to lead White House environment council | US emissions dropped 1.7 percent in 2019 | Interior further delays Trump rule that would make drillers pay less to feds MORE (R-Ohio), who served as U.S. trade representative in Bush’s administration. Polls show Portman in strong position in his race against former Gov. Ted Strickland (D).

While he’s lending a hand to help Republicans keep their slim majority, Bush has declined to back GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE for president. His brother and former GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush has also decided to stay on the sidelines this election, while their father, former President George H.W. Bush, reportedly said he would vote for Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE.