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Beasley launches North Carolina Senate bid

April 27, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Chief Justice Cheri Beasley tours Tryon Palace with members of the Supreme Court of North Carolina in New Bern, N.C., May 15, 2019. The official visit by members of the Supreme Court of North Carolina is part of the Supreme Court Bicentennial Anniversary events in eastern North Carolina. (Gray Whitley/Sun Journal via AP)

Cheri Beasley, the first Black woman to be North Carolina Supreme Court chief justice, launched her 2022 Senate campaign on Tuesday, seeking to break another barrier as the state's first Black senator.

(CNN)Cheri Beasley, the first Black woman to be North Carolina Supreme Court chief justice, launched her 2022 Senate campaign on Tuesday, seeking to break another barrier as the state's first Black senator.

Beasley joins a growing Democratic field for the seat left by the looming retirement of Republican Sen. Richard Burr, including state Sen. Jeff Jackson, former state Sen. Erica Smith, virologist Richard Watkins and Beaufort Mayor Rett Newton.

Smith, who ran and lost in the 2020 Senate Democratic primary, and Watkins are Black.

North Carolina Democrats have struggled in recent federal elections.

In 2020, President Donald Trump beat Joe Biden by a little over a point, while Senate Democratic nominee Cal Cunningham lost his race against Republican Sen. Thom Tillis by close to two points after a sex scandal.

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