Lara Trump eyeing Senate run

Cheryl Sanders
November 22, 2020

US President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law Lara is considering a Senate run in her home state of North Carolina in 2022, US media reported yesterday.

Other North Carolina Republicans eying the seat include Retiring Rep. Mark Walker, Former Gov.

"The president gave her the responsibility of winning North Carolina in 2016 and in 2020 - she did it both times", the source said, calling her a "household name" and saying she is "well-known among the Republican Party".

Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican, has said he would not run for a fourth term in 2022, creating an open U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina for the first time since 2004 that is likely to attract a crowd of candidates.

Lara Trump is the wife of Eric Trump and has served as the 2020 campaign adviser of Pres. Donald Trump. Trump's eldest son, Donald Jr., posted a photo of a Don Jr.

" She's very charismatic, understands local politics well, and has a natural instinct for politics", said Mercedes Schlapp, a Trump campaign advisor who traveled around the country as a substitute with Lara Trump.

Before starting her political career, Lara Trump worked as a producer on the popular American TV show Inside Edition, as well as a personal trainer and chef.

Meanwhile, some reports have also suggested that Donald Trump's current chief of staff Mark Meadows may also be a potential candidate, in addition to former governor Pat McCrory and outgoing Lt. Governor Dan Forest. North Carolina also became a battleground state during the 2020 presidential cycle, with President Donald Trump narrowly winning by a margin of 1.3%.

According to reports Thursday, the President's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump is interested in filling the vacancy.

Brian Murphy covers North Carolina's congressional delegation and state issues from Washington, D.C., for The News & Observer, The Charlotte Observer and The Herald-Sun.

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