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North Carolina’s final 2022 U.S. Senate candidates will be decided next week

Josh Johnson

We’re going to discuss North Carolina’s U.S. Senate in this episode of Inside Politics: Election 2022. There’s an open Senate seat here, meaning the incumbent (Republican Richard Burr) isn’t running for reelection. And with North Carolina being a perennial battleground state, political watchers across the U.S. will be keeping an eye on the race.

The statewide primary is May 17, and the winners will be on the ballot for the general election in November.

While former state Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley is poised to be the Democratic nominee, there’s a more competitive matchup on the Republican side between U.S. Rep. Ted Budd and former Gov. Pat McCrory. To be clear, there are many other candidates on both sides running in the primary, but those three have the most name recognition and funding.

We’ll focus on that race and look ahead to the general election. And we’ll also talk about the other big political news of late and how it’s playing into campaigns: the leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, putting abortion rights into the spotlight.

Our guests for this episode are Dallas Woodhouse, a former executive director of the N.C. GOP, and Jessica Taylor, a U.S. Senate analyst for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

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Steve Harrison is WFAE's politics and government reporter. Prior to joining WFAE, Steve worked at the Charlotte Observer, where he started on the business desk, then covered politics extensively as the Observer’s lead city government reporter. Steve also spent 10 years with the Miami Herald. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Sporting News and Sports Illustrated.
Jim Morrill is a native of the Chicago area who's worked in the Carolinas since 1979. He covered politics and government for the Charlotte Observer for almost 40 years. He's won several press awards and in 1999 was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He's taught about NC politics at UNC-Charlotte and Davidson College.
Tim Funk is one of the hosts of the "Inside Politics: Election 2022 podcast." He spent most of his 40-year journalism career at The Charlotte Observer, covering politics in its Raleigh bureau and, later, as its Washington correspondent. His other Observer beats over the years included race and immigration, TV and radio, and faith & values.