As a freshman congressman, Republican Ted Budd seems to have several strikes against him as he faces his first re-election in his North Carolina district.
He belongs to the same party as the president, a historical negative in midterm elections. President Donald Trump‘s national disapproval ratings have risen since taking office. And Budd faces a female challenger in a year when women’s political involvement has been intensifying.
Yet Budd has at least one built-in advantage: He’s running in a district intentionally drawn to favor Republicans.