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What Happens In North Carolina If Sen. Burr Resigns?

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Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By Wednesday, 20 May 2020 07:25 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In the last week, speculation mounted that North Carolina’s embattled Republican Sen. Richard Burr may not complete his third term.

Press reports are now widespread throughout the Tar Heel State of an FBI probe into Burr’s selling considerable stocks after acquiring inside information that the spread of coronavirus would have a negative impact on the market. 

While the senator is cooperating with the probe and insists he will serve out his term until January of 2023, Republicans are already speculating about which of their office-holders will be appointed to the vacancy if Burr has to leave early.

Under a unique law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature in 2018, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper must choose from “a list of three persons recommended by the political party [of the outgoing senator].”

“If Senator Burr where to step down 60 days prior to 2020 general election—and that’s a big ‘if’—there would be two U.S. Senate elections on the November ballot,” veteran North Carolina political analyst Marc Rotterman told Newsmax, referring to the present Senate race between Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham.

 

Following Burr’s exit, Rotterman said, “then the executive committee of the North Carolina Republican Party would provide [Gov.] Cooper with a list of three candidates from which to choose.

“The most likely candidates are former Governor Pat McCrory, Congressman George Holding and Congressman Mark Walker.”

All three are considered stalwart conservatives.

Rotterman believes that any of the three “would be a formidable candidate in a year likely to be a ‘red state’ win for President Trump.”

As for a Democratic candidate win, Rotterman believes “Democrats would have to scramble to find a contender who had the ability to raise the funds to compete in already competitive environment”—namely, Cunningham’s challenge to Tillis. 

The last time North Carolina had two Senate races in the same year was 1954. 

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
 

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