Former GOP Rep. Mark Walker fielding calls about dropping NC Senate bid, running for House

Former Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerThe 10 races that will decide the Senate majority North Carolina Democrat Jeff Jackson drops out of Senate race Democrat Jeff Jackson set to exit North Carolina Senate race: report MORE (R-N.C.) has fielded phone calls from GOP officials in North Carolina and Washington urging him to drop his Senate bid and return to the House. 

Walker confirmed the calls in an interview with the Carolina Journal, though he said that he is still currently running for the GOP nomination to replace retiring Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrPublic health expert: Biden administration needs to have agencies on the 'same page' about COVID Top Biden adviser expresses support for ban on congressional stock trades Biden's FDA nominee advances through key Senate committee MORE (R-N.C.) next year. 

Walker is one of three current or former Republican elected officials vying to replace Burr. He announced his campaign late last year, though what little polling there is in the GOP primary shows him trailing his two top rivals, former Gov. Pat McCrory and Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddDemocratic super PAC ties Trump allies to Jan. 6 in new ad campaign The 10 races that will decide the Senate majority Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 MORE (R-N.C.), who has already been endorsed by former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE.

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Before running for the Senate, Walker served three terms in the House after emerging from the GOP primary to succeed longtime Rep. Howard CobleJohn Howard CobleFormer GOP Rep. Mark Walker fielding calls about dropping NC Senate bid, running for House Focus on defense budgets leaves Coast Guard high and dry NC delegation pays tribute to late former Rep. Coble MORE (R-N.C.). 

If Walker ultimately decides to drop out of the Senate race and mount another bid for the House, it’s unclear which district he would run in. 

He lives in the newly adopted 11th District, though running there would put him in contention with Rep. Virginia FoxxVirginia Ann FoxxHouse Ethics panel dismisses security screening fine issued to GOP lawmaker GOP beginning to jockey for post-election leadership slots GOP lawmaker fined ,000 for failing to complete House security screening MORE (R-N.C.), who currently represents North Carolina’s 5th District, but has announced that she will run for reelection next year in the 11th District.

Walker could run in the state’s new 7th District, close to his current residence. Candidates are not required to live within a district to run for a congressional seat.