Departing Mark Meadows says North Carolina colleague Mark Walker could run for his seat

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Rep. Mark Meadows, one of President Trump’s staunchest allies in the House, says his North Carolina Republican colleague Mark Walker could run for the seat he’s vacating on the western end of the state.

Walker said earlier this week he would not seek reelection in the north-central North Carolina seat he has represented since 2015 after the redistricting dismantled it and left him without a viable seat to seek. Walker’s district became heavily Democrat after the state legislature was forced to redraw the congressional maps under threat of court orders.

Walker announced he would explore the state’s 2022 Senate race. However, North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows’s retirement may be a new opening for the Baptist pastor.

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