Trump’s daughter-in-law considering Senate run: US media

WASHINGTON (AFP) – United States (US) President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara is considering a Senate run in her home state of North Carolina in 2022, US media reported on Thursday.

The reports, in the New York Times and Politico, come as Donald Trump continues seeking to reverse his November 3 presidential election loss to Joe Biden through baseless fraud claims and personal outreach to state election authorities.

File photo shows Ivanka Trump (L) and Lara Trump (R) arriving to hear President Donald Trump deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 5. – AP

Lara Trump, married to the president’s second-eldest son Eric, “has been telling associates she is considering a run for Senate in 2022”, the New York Times said, citing three unnamed “allies”. North Carolina Republican senator Richard Burr said he will not seek re-election that year.

The Republican field to replace him is already set to be crowded, with Politico reporting other potential candidates include Donald Trump’s current chief of staff Mark Meadows as well as former governor Pat McCrory and outgoing Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest.

North Carolina is historically Republican, and voted for Donald Trump on November 3 – but by a smaller margin than in 2016. It is increasingly seen as a possible swing state.