Democrat Cheri Beasley Tightening Senate Race Against Republican Ted Budd In North Carolina Poll

If elected, she would be the third Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

Democratic candidate running to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate, Cheri Beasley is gaining ground on her Republican opponent Ted Budd. An attorney and former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, Beasley’s opponent is the Trump-endorsed incumbent representing the 13th Congressional District. Budd also voted not to certify the 2020 presidential election.

According to Greensboro television station, WGHP polls had Budd with a 6.8 point lead in May. Now, WGHP/Emerson College/The Hill Poll released on Sept. 20 only has Budd with a 2.35 point lead (45.6%-43.25%), which includes a 3-point margin of error.

Either Beasley or Budd will replace Sen. Richard Burr, who is retiring.

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In response to the poll, Kelci Hobson, a spokesperson for Beasley's campaign, said in a statement: "Cheri is well-positioned to win this election and continues to gain momentum as she meets voters where they are and shares her commitment to protecting our rights and lowering costs.”

Beasley and Budd are scheduled to debate on Oct. 7.

If elected, Beasley would be the third Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first elected to represent a Southern state.

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