Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report

President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE’s daughter-in-law, Lara TrumpLara TrumpTrump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors Graham: Lara Trump is biggest winner of impeachment trial Madison Cawthorn throws support behind Mark Walker in NC Senate primary MORE, could become the next Trump on a ballot as she is reportedly considering a 2022 Senate run in her home state of North Carolina, according to a New York Times report on Thursday. 

Three allies of Lara Trump told the Times that she has been telling associates she could run in two years to replace Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy Overnight Health Care: COVID-19 vaccine makers pledge massive supply increase | Biden health nominee faces first Senate test | White House defends reopening of facility for migrant kids MORE (R-N.C.), who plans to retire at the end of his term.

The upcoming Senate race is likely to be tight after North Carolina became more of a battleground state in this year’s election. President Trump held onto the state by 1.3 percentage points — a smaller margin than in 2016, hinting that the Tar Heel State may be looking more purple.  


The president’s daughter-in-law, a former personal trainer and television producer for Insider Edition, married Eric TrumpEric TrumpTrump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident Trump sends well wishes to Tiger Woods after crash Scottish lawmakers want to investigate Trump purchase of golf courses MORE in 2014.

Mercedes Schlapp, a Trump campaign adviser who traveled with Lara Trump, called her “very charismatic” with “a natural instinct for politics.”

“In North Carolina, in particular, she’s a household name and people know her,” she told the Times. “She worked really hard on the campaign and was very involved in a lot of decisions throughout.”

Political experts have floated the idea that Trump’s children may look to follow the president into politics, but most of the focus has remained on Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpTrump Jr. was deposed in inauguration funds probe Former Trump officials eye bids for political office The Hill's Morning Report - Disaster politics hobble Cruz, Cuomo MORE and Donald Trump Jr.

Former White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway calls for thorough Lincoln Project probe: 'The lying has to stop' Claudia Conway advances on 'American Idol,' parents Kellyanne, George appear The swift death of the media darlings known as the Lincoln Project MORE told the Times that Lara Trump “would be formidable.”


“She has the trifecta: She can raise money, raise awareness of key issues and raise attention to her race,” Conway said. “Unlike many typical politicians, she connects with people and is a compelling messenger.”

Lara Trump, who spoke at the Republican National Convention and spoke at several campaign stops, including in North Carolina, this year, declined to comment to the Times about her plans. 

But other North Carolina Republicans are also expected to step up to the plate to target Burr’s seat, including Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerNorth Carolina GOP condemns Burr for impeachment vote against Trump Madison Cawthorn throws support behind Mark Walker in NC Senate primary Democrat Jeff Jackson jumps into North Carolina Senate race MORE, whom President Trump has suggested he’d support.

White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsHow scientists saved Trump's FDA from politics Liberals howl after Democrats cave on witnesses Kinzinger calls for people with info on Trump to come forward MORE, former Gov. Pat McCrory, North Carolina Speaker Tim Moore and Republican nominee for governor Dan Forest, who lost in 2017 to Gov. Roy Cooper (D), are also expected to throw their hats in the ring, according to the Times.