While former President Donald Trump is reportedly considering another White House bid in 2024, at least one other member of his family appears even closer to mounting a political campaign.
Lara Trump, his daughter-in-law, currently holds a double-digit lead over the nearest contender in next year’s U.S. Senate race for a seat representing North Carolina, according to a recent poll.
Trump name remains popular
Although she has not yet announced whether she plans to run for the seat in her home state, popularity among North Carolina voters puts her in a prime position to potentially replace retiring GOP Sen. Richard Burr.
A recent survey by the Republican polling firm Cygnal found that Trump attracted support from 32.4% of respondents out of the eight names listed in a possible primary contest. In second place was Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, who received just over 20%.
Two other possible contenders — former Gov. Pat McCrory and former Lt. Gov. Dan Forest — also notched double-digit support, scoring 14.2% and 12.7% respectively.
So far, only former U.S. Rep. Mark Walker has officially announced a campaign to replace Burr. He finished fifth in the poll with just 3% support.
The Trump name still has strong political support among North Carolina Republicans, according to the same poll. The former president received a favorable rating from 86% of respondents and nearly 69% reported a “very favorable” opinion.
“A humongous advantage”
Kellyanne Conway, a former top aide to the 45th president, said that a “Trump-endorsed candidate for an open Senate seat in a state Trump won is a big advantage,” suggesting that Lara Trump could benefit even more.
“A Trump-endorsed candidate for an open Senate seat in a state Trump won who’s also named Trump has a humongous advantage,” she added.
Although Lara Trump has not lived in North Carolina for years, she remains a popular native and has spoken extensively across the state in recent years.
She appears to have significant momentum in a likely crowded GOP field if she decided to run, but Democrats hope to replace Burr with a candidate of their own.
Potential candidates on that side of the aisle include former state Sen. Erica Smith and state Sen. Jeff Jackson. The North Carolina race is expected to be highly competitive and could shape up to be one of the most expensive Senate campaigns in the nation.