President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll US ranked 27th least corrupt country in the world MORE’s daughter-in-law, Lara TrumpLara TrumpJan. 6 organizers used burner phones to communicate with White House: report Past criticism of Trump becomes potent weapon in GOP primaries Trump endorsement shakes up GOP Senate primary in NC MORE, is currently the favorite among North Carolina voters to succeed in the 2022 Republican primary for the seat of retiring Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrOvernight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul Bipartisan senators unveil bill to improve pandemic preparedness These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 MORE (R-N.C.), according to a BUSR/UNLV Lee Business School poll released Monday.
The poll found that Lara Trump, who is reportedly considering a Senate run, leads former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) 24 percent to 23 percent, though this is within the poll’s 7-point margin of error.
The leads by Lara Trump and McCrory far surpass support for Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 The 10 races that will decide the Senate majority North Carolina Democrat Jeff Jackson drops out of Senate race MORE (R-N.C.), the only major candidate so far to launch a campaign for the Senate seat. The congressman polled at 7 percent among North Carolina Republicans surveyed.
Rep. George HoldingGeorge Edward Bell HoldingFormer Rep. Renee Ellmers running for Congress again in North Carolina House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Lara Trump leading Republicans in 2022 North Carolina Senate poll MORE (R-N.C.) and North Carolina State House Speaker Tim Moore (R) were also included in the poll, receiving 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively.
About 39 percent of those surveyed were undecided on their favorite for the Republican Senate primary.
The same poll also found that in the 2024 North Carolina Republican Presidential Primary, President Trump leads among voters with 76 percent support, ahead of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyBiden sparks confusion, cleanup on Russia-Ukraine remarks The 10 Republicans most likely to run for president Will — or should — Kamala Harris become the Spiro Agnew of 2022? MORE (R) at 6 percent.
Republican Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFlake meets with Erdoğan in first official duties as US ambassador Senate Republicans press federal authorities for information on Texas synagogue hostage-taker Biden trails generic Republican in new poll, would face tight race against Trump MORE (Texas), Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney participating in fundraiser for Liz Cheney Budowsky: President Biden leads NATO against Russian aggression Officer who directed rioters away from senators says Jan. 6 could have been a 'bloodbath' MORE (Utah) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPut partisan politics aside — The Child Tax Credit must be renewed immediately These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Lawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine MORE (Fla.) were also included in the presidential primary poll question, each receiving 3 percent or less.
The survey comes after The New York Times reported last month that Lara Trump was mulling a Senate run, citing three allies of the president’s daughter-in-law who spoke to the outlet.
The upcoming Senate race is likely to be competitive after North Carolina became a tight battleground state in this year’s election. President Trump held onto the state by 1.3 percentage points — a smaller margin than in 2016.
Last week, Walker, the vice chairman of the House Republican Conference and a staunch ally of President Trump, officially launched his Senate run.
When asked in an interview last week whether Lara Trump’s potential run influenced his decision to enter the race, Walker instead pointed to his six years as a congressman and 16 years as a pastor in North Carolina.
“I guess anybody should be a concern. I'm not trying to be too pollyannaish or coy about this,” he said. “It’s not determinative at all.”
The poll was conducted on Nov. 30, and from Dec.1-2. It surveyed 221 self-identified North Carolina Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.