Trump has always been a powerful last name. It opens doors – and while the Dems are celebrating that they have been able to get rid of one Trump, another one may be showing up a lot sooner than they had anticipated.
Donald Trump isn’t the only one who has had political aspirations. Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, has her eye on a particular Republican seat – one that Richard Burr will be vacating in 2022.
Lara Trump, who is married to Eric Trump, has served as the campaign adviser to the president in both 2016 and 2020. She is considering running for Senate as a way to continue supporting the Republican Party.
Senator Richard Burr has already made it clear that he will not be seeking reelection in 2022. He has spent more than 15 years in office and would like to pursue other things.
With North Carolina being a relatively red state, there’s a good chance that the Senate seat will go to another Republican. And why not Lara Trump?
There’s no room for error, though. North Carolina dealt with a Senate race this year – and it’s been considered one of the most expensive Senate races in history. Thom Tillis was able to pull out the win against Cal Cunningham, but it was a win by only two percentage points. The two parties, combined, spent close to $300 million.
Considering that there’s only a 50-48 advantage for the Republicans at the moment while we wait on Georgia’s runoff race on January 5, there’s no way for the GOP to take a chance with anything. Every candidate that runs in 2022 needs to be able to come in with their A-game. Even if Georgia’s Senate races go red, it’s still not a significant lead.
So, is Lara Trump capable of getting a win in 2022?
Well, she is a local of North Carolina, so it’s not as if she’s moving in there just to jump into the Senate race. She’s from Wilmington and earned her bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University. She was heavily involved in the campaigns for her father-in-law for both election years and was heavily involved in the reelection rallies throughout North Carolina leading up to Election Day.
Is that enough to win? Maybe, maybe not. She was a TV producer for “Inside Edition” prior to starting a political career. There have been plenty of other politicians who started out with considerably less experience. If Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can win a seat in the House with her only experience being an activist and a bartender, anything is possible.
Since Senator Barr has already identified that his seat will be open for the taking in 2022, Lara Trump isn’t the only one with her eye on it. The Dems will be looking to fill the seat, too – and they’ll be using as much money as they can to make it happen.
The good news is that Lara is a Trump – and there will be plenty of money behind her to ensure that she has a fighting chance on the ballot.
Trump won’t be the only one in the primary race for the GOP seat that Barr holds, though. Mark Meadows, the chief of staff, has his eye on the seat, too. Former governor Dan Forest may also want to try to grab the seat.
One thing is for sure – the GOP has to be cautious of who wins every primary. If the Senate ends up being a 50-50 split by the time all is said and done, VP Kamala Harris will be breaking the ties – and that means votes will be going in favor of the Democrats.
Lara Trump is definitely going to rile the feathers of every Democrat in the Senate because they won’t like her last name. That alone should be all the more reason to throw GOP support behind her.