An announcement is likely to come this week. If it comes to fruition, Budd will be joining a field that already appears to include former congressmen George Holding and Mark Walker (aka “Public Official A”). Former governor Pat McCrory is also toying with jumping into the race, splitting the moderate / establishment vote with the two aforementioned former congressmen.
Wilmington-area native Lara Trump’s name has also been tossed around as a potential candidate. But that looks iffier and iffier as time goes by and more people jump in.
On the Democrat side, we appear to be looking at a field that includes state senator Jeff Jackson (D-Mecklenburg), former judge Cheri Beasley, former state senator Erica Smith, and the mayor of Beaufort.