Mark Walker, a former Republican representative from North Carolina, has declared his intention to run for his previous House seat in the 2024 elections, following the advancement of new congressional maps by the state legislature, which seem to lean in favor of the Republican Party.
The newly proposed congressional map suggests a shift, with 10 districts likely to favor Republicans, a change from the existing even split of 7-7 between Democratic and Republican seats.
“I’m announcing my plans to return to the U.S. House, placing the 6th district back to where it has historically been represented by a conservative Republican. Having previously represented 13 NC counties, I look forward to representing many friends as well as family members in the new 6th including all of Rowan, Davidson and Davie Counties and parts of Cabarrus, Forsyth, as well as our home county of Guilford,” Walker said.
Walker’s decision to run again is directly influenced by the new congressional maps. He had chosen not to run in the 2020 elections after his district underwent changes that seemed to favor the Democratic Party.
“With the new congressional district maps being made public last week, Kelly and I have been overwhelmed with the number of grassroots citizens and officials reaching out for us to consider taking the fight back to Congress,” Walker said. “Before I was redistricted out of North Carolina’s 6th district by a leftist lawsuit and a handful of Raleigh elites, I was honored to serve the people of High Point and central North Carolina in the U.S. Congress.”
Furthermore, Walker revealed that he would be discontinuing his campaign for the governor’s seat. He cited the absence of a “clear path” and acknowledged the presence of “some solid Republican candidates” already in the race.
“Transparently, it would be disingenuous of me to act as if there were a clear path in the gubernatorial race. That door has not opened. We have some solid Republican candidates running for Governor, and all would be superior to Democrat Josh Stein. After spending a few days in DC this month, I’m reminded of the grind of Congressional service that can be mentally, physically, and spiritually exhausting,” Walker said.
Currently, North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District is represented by Rep. Kathy Manning, a Democrat. The Cook Political Report previously rated the district with a “Democrat +4” partisan voting index. However, with the new proposed changes, the district is now seen as “likely Republican.”
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