Jeff Jackson expected to drop out of North Carolina Senate race

North Carolina state Sen. Jeff Jackson is expected to drop out of the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, according to multiple people familiar with the decision.

Jackson, who faced a difficult primary against former state Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley, called donors to inform them of his decision on Wednesday night, according to three people familiar with those calls. A fourth person said that Jackson planned to announce his decision as soon as Tuesday.

Jackson was elected to two terms in the state Senate before launching his first statewide campaign earlier this year. But Beasley, his most prominent rival, has already run and won statewide. Last week, Beasley was endorsed by Reps. G.K. Butterfield and David Price, two of North Carolina’s five Democratic members of Congress.

Jackson’s campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Several Republicans are also vying for their party’s nomination for the open Senate seat currently held by retiring GOP Sen. Richard Burr. The most prominent GOP candidates are former Gov. Pat McCrory and Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.), who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

Michael Kruse contributed to this report.


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