Sen. Lindsey Graham predicted on Sunday that GOP votes to convict former President Trump in his Senate impeachment trial will give h
Sen. Lindsey Graham predicted on Sunday that GOP votes to convict former President Trump in his Senate impeachment trial will give his daughter-in-law Lara Trump a leg up in the North Carolina Senate race.
“The biggest winner of this whole impeachment trial is Lara Trump,” Graham of South Carolina said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“My dear friend Richard Burr, who I like and have been friends with for a long time, just made Lara Trump almost the certain nominee for the Senate seat in North Carolina to replace him if she runs, and I’ll certainly be behind her because she represents the future of the Republican Party,” he said.
Burr, who has said he won’t seek reelection in 2022, was among seven Republican senators voting with Democrats to convict Trump of whipping up his supporters on Jan. 6 to storm the Capitol.
But the 57-43 vote fell short because it takes 67 senators to convict.
“The evidence is compelling that President Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection against a coequal branch of government and that the charge rises to the level of high Crimes and Misdemeanors,” Burr said in the statement on Saturday. “Therefore, I have voted to convict.”
Lara Trump, the wife of the former president’s son Eric Trump, is reportedly mulling entering the race in North Carolina in 2022.
She was born in Wilmington, N.C., and graduated from North Carolina State University.
Trump, 38, was a surrogate for her father-in-law’s 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns.
A poll from December on the 2022 North Carolina race shows Lara Trump would be an immediate frontrunner in the Republican primary.
She led former Gov. Pat McCrory by 24 to 23 percent among Republicans and Republican leaning voters, according to the BUSR/UNLV Lee Business School poll — but 39 percent were undecided.