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North Carolina emerges as battleground for post-Trump GOP

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory dissected the state of the GOP on his radio show Thursday for over an hour without mentioning the name of its standard-bearer, former President Donald Trump.

(CNN)Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory dissected the state of the GOP on his radio show Thursday for over an hour without mentioning the name of its standard-bearer, former President Donald Trump.

And in the days since Trump's impeachment trial, Republican Sen. Richard Burr -- who is not running for reelection next year -- has become a pariah among some state party leaders for his vote to convict the former President for inciting the riot.

House and Senate elections are less than two years away, but the GOP is already confronting the crucial question of whether it wants Trump in or out of the party.

Across the country, many Republican candidates have already tied themselves to Trump, blaming the mob for attempting to prevent Congress from certifying the 2020 election on January 6, rather than the former President for urging his supporters to "stop the steal. "

"To say that President Trump had a direct responsibility in driving those people to attack the Capitol I think is unfair, unwarranted, and that's why I would have certainly voted against the impeachment process," said Walker, who chose not to run for reelection to the House in 2020 after his district was altered in redistricting.

"The question is going to be: Do they feel emboldened enough to overreach," said Paul Shumaker, a Republican strategist in North Carolina who has worked for both its senators.

Morgan Jackson, a Democratic strategist in the state, said Republicans are "in the middle of an uncivil war" that could turn off Republicans in the business community who are seeking to turn the page from Trump.

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