Holding endorses Budd in Republican US Senate primary

U.S. Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., arrives to greets supporters at an election night event following the Republican Primary for the 2nd Congressional District in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Holden defeated Rep. Renee Ellmers. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

RALEIGH – Former Republican U.S. Rep. George Holding endorsed Ted Budd for U.S. Senate on Wednesday. In a statement, Holding said Budd was a solid conservative.

“I’m endorsing Ted Budd for US Senate because I know Ted Budd is the solid conservative,” said Holding. “I have worked with other candidates in this race, and they are fine gentlemen, but Ted Budd is the solid conservative, law-and-order candidate who I know will fight for our conservative principles.”

Holding served in the U.S. House of Representatives for four terms (the 13th Congressional District from 2013 until 2017 and the 2nd Congressional District from 2017 until 2021).

Prior to serving in Congress, Holding was the US Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina and was rumored to be considering either a bid to return to the House or a run for the open Senate seat himself in 2022.

Holding’s political team sent a series of emails in November and December of 2020 to supporters highlighting his work in Congress over the past eight years.

“Ted understands that government overregulation is crushing Mom & Pop businesses and farmers across our state and nation and what it’s going to take to get America back to work again. Ted Budd is the best choice for North Carolina,” Holding also said in his endorsement.

“George has a lot of friends running in this race and I’m honored that he chose to endorse my conservative vision as being the best fit for North Carolina,” said Budd.

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