Can Trump get Bo Hines, a 26-year-old political novice, elected to Congress?

In the first three months of 2022, his campaign reported no donations over $199 from people in the district and only six from the entire state of North Carolina. Any individual donation under $200 can be made anonymously.

Luckily for Hines, the Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the group, said it plans to spend $1.3 million support him in the primary. That’s a huge sum for a house race.

Before settling in the 13th arrondissement, Hines had searched for a suitable perch. He announced plans to challenge Rep. Virginia Foxx, a longtime Republican in the west of the state, before redistricting alters those plans. In April, he and his wife moved to a house in Fuquay-Varinaa town in southern Wake County, the most densely populated part of the district.

Some Republicans in the dark red county of Johnston, a fast-growing rural community, criticized Hines for, in the words of the leader of a local group, “Coming in, just trying to pick a district he can win.” And Hines’ main adversary, a lawyer named Kelly Daughtry who is the daughter of a former State House majority leader, attacked him as a baggage handler.

The Hines campaign, which declined to make him available for an interview but answered a series of detailed questions about his candidacy, notes his upbringing in Charlotte and his time at NC State, which is in Raleigh, just north of the district line.

Daughtry has spent more than $2.5 million on the race so far, while contributing nearly $3 million of its own money. She has also caught in heat for his past donations to Democratsincluding Cheri Beasley, the presumptive Democratic Senate nominee, and Josh Stein, the state attorney general.

Several people with access to private polls said Hines appeared to be ahead of Daughtry by a few percentage points, with everyone else trailing far behind. In North Carolina, if no candidate wins at least 30% of the vote, the first two qualify for a second round.

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