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McCrory, Walker attend last NC Senate debate; Budd absent

The final scheduled debate for North Carolina’s Republican Senate primary next month featured former Gov. Pat McCrory and former U.S. Rep. Mark Walker largely agreeing on issues and criticizing rival Rep. Ted Budd for his absence from another television forum. Walker and McCrory took the stage for an hourlong debate that ran of stations statewide Tuesday night. They responded to questions on immigration, COVID-19 and Russia’s war against Ukraine among others. Budd hasn’t joined colleagues in four GOP debates. His spokesperson says Budd's focused on finishing a tour of all 100 counties. Early in-person voting begins Thursday for the May 17 primary.