Charlotte, NC – Former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (R-NC) announced today that he will seek the Republican nomination for United States Senate in 2022.
In an announcement video released by his campaign, McCrory talked about the slim balance of power in the Senate and the role North Carolina’s race will play in 2022: “The US Senate is split right down the middle…that puts Vice President Kamala Harris in charge, giving Democrats everything they want to radically change America for generations to come. It’s time to join together and take back the Senate from Kamala Harris. So I’m in.”
The campaign also released a polling memo detailing key findings of a recent survey which showed Gov. McCrory with a commanding lead in the primary and significant advantages with every primary voter group.
McCrory enters the race with almost two decades of executive leadership experience as mayor and governor – not as a DC insider – and as the only candidate who has balanced budgets while cutting taxes. The polling memo outlined the strength McCrory has as someone who has not served in Congress but instead has made executive-level decisions as a proven conservative. “I’m proud of my record of growing the economy, balancing budgets, cutting taxes, and creating jobs,” said McCrory. “Conservatives must hold this seat in 2022 to prevent Kamala Harris and Chuck Schumer from enacting radical liberal policies. I look forward to doing just that.”
The open Senate seat in North Carolina will be one of the most closely-watched races of 2022, and will play a central role in determining majority control. In his video, McCrory discussed the need for a proven conservative from outside the DC establishment: “I have a conservative track record of standing firm; a record built in North Carolina, not Washington DC.”
Pat McCrory served as Mayor of Charlotte for 14 years and as Governor from 2012-2016. Since 2017, he has hosted “The Pat McCrory Show” on WBT radio, the top-rated talk radio show in Charlotte. McCrory and his wife, Anne, live in Charlotte.