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Records show that after Donald Trump endorsed Budd this year, some high-dollar donors to the former North Carolina government, Pat McCrory put his money behind his US Senate primary rival Rep.

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why it matters: Support for the former president can be literal currency in Republican primary feuds. The shifting allegiance between McCrory and Bud illustrates how Trump alone can turn the money race into not only support but high-profile political feuds.

What are you saying: According to Federal Election Commission records, David Congdon, executive chairman of trucking giant Old Dominion Freight Line, gave McCrory’s primary campaign the legal maximum in April.


big picture: In general, support for Trump has the potential to influence the thinking of voters and donors in many ways.

  • He is extremely popular among Republicans, who may be inclined to vote for their favorite candidates because of loyalty or the belief that they have the party’s best interests at heart.
  • For this reason, a Trump endorsement also makes a GOP primary candidate more viable — and donors in particular tend to lean toward candidates with better odds of winning.
  • The former president’s notorious hatred for alleged infidelity may also have affected – candidates, donors and campaign workers are concerned about attracting the wrath of his political team.

Between the lines: Trump’s political influence is most pronounced at the grassroots level, and the North Carolina Senate primary has seen some younger voters switch allegiance after backing Trump.

  • The cashier, a retired man from North Carolina, paid McCrory $250 in April. Four days after Trump endorsed Buddha, she gave him double.
  • Another retiree from Sanibel, Florida, gave McCrory $300 in May. A month later, after Trump’s endorsement, he gave the same amount to Buddha.
  • Both people donated to Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns.
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looking ahead: Much of Trump’s GOP primary endorsement this year has come during the past few months, and any additional impact on donor loyalty will be more evident in the campaigns’ third-quarter fundraising numbers.

  • Those reports are due to the FEC by October 15th.


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