(NewsNation) — NewsNation/Decision Desk HQ has called the U.S. Senate race in North Carolina for Republican Ted Budd.
After flying below the radar for much of the campaign season, the race between U.S. Rep. Budd and former state Supreme Court Justice Democrat Cheri Beasley suddenly picked up momentum in the last weeks before the election.
In a close race, Trump-backed Budd fought off Beasley to fill Sen. Richard Burr’s vacancy after he decided not to seek reelection.
North Carolina is predicted to play an important role in America’s Congressional future with 14 House seats up for grabs.
North Carolina’s race for its newly drawn 13th Congressional District is also one of the few competitive U.S. House races this year. Democratic state Senator Wiley Nickel is being challenged by Republican Bo Hines, a self-proclaimed “MAGA warrior.” Both candidates are leaning into their ideological divides in what is shaping up to be a tight contest.
The outcome of North Carolina’s races will affect the partisan balance of the U.S. Senate. Of the 100 Senate seats, 35 will see elections during the midterms, including one special election. Democrats have the effective majority with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote in the 50-50 split chamber. All 435 House seats are also up for election. Midterm election results will determine which party has legislative control, ultimately determining who sets the agenda for President Joe Biden’s remaining years in office.
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