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As Sen. Richard Burr’s time is expiring over the next two years, a race with possible replacements is heating up in the background.

A so-called front-runner to emerge in North Carolina’s Senate battle is Lara Trump. The daughter-in-law of the former president has yet to commit, but is likely to announce her candidacy as the presumed top of the Republican primary.

Trump is joined by WBT’s own Pat McCrory as two of the biggest names to be thrown out thus far. The former Charlotte Mayor and N.C. Governor turned radio host has made no decision about his political future, even though pundits assume he’ll be making a run for Burr’s seat.

CNN interviewed McCrory during Thursday’s show and wrote about North Carolina emerging as a Battleground in the U.S. Senate.

“He said he would not “play the game of Republicans fighting each other,” arguing that conservative values would guide Republicans in rebuilding the party’s path back to power. But he also emphasized he was “a strong supporter” of the former President, said he disagreed with Burr’s vote and redirected a question about the riot away from Trump and toward violent “extremists” on both sides, although there’s no evidence that left-wing groups were involved in the planning of or participated in the insurrection.”

“We’re all in different stages of the grieving process,” McCrory told CNN. “Some people are in withdrawal. Some people are still in anger. Some people are still very suspicious of how it happened. We’re not ready yet to get back into the policy but we need to get there pretty quick. “Policy will trump all,” he added.”

A list of contenders from both the Republicans and Democrats will be saving a spot for the N.C. primaries more than a year away. For the GOP, dropping Burr’s seat would be a tremendous loss in their plans to regain control of the U.S. Senate. As for the Dems, they haven’t held the seat since John Edwards left Congress and Burr took over in 2005. Although, Republicans have controlled the seat for twenty-eight of the past forty years

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