We have a familiar name entering the 2024 race for a congressional seat in North Carolina.
Former Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) has decided to run for office again.
Walker made his decision after the new congressional district maps were released.
I Want My Seat Back
Walker had previously announced that he would be taking a gubernatorial run, but Congress may seem like the easier win for him.
Currently, North Carolina districts are evenly split, with seven seats favoring Democrats and seven seats favoring Republicans.
The new map is far more favorable to Republicans, with 10 seats now leaning red.
Walker stated, "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.
"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.
“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."
Walker further explained that the “door” to the governor’s mansion had not really opened for him with a very crowded Republican primary field.
Walker will be running for the NC-6 seat, which is currently held by Rep. Kathy Manning (D-N.C.).
Prior to the new maps being drawn, the seat rated at D+4, which is a virtual lock for Democrats to win. That seat is now rated as “likely Republican.”