MAGA extremist, trust fund kid and former NC State football player Bo Hines, who lost last year in North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District race, moved across the state to run in the Republican primary for the U.S. House again next year, Axios reported.
The 28-year-old Hines moved from Winston-Salem to Fuquay-Varina in 2022 to run against Democrat Wiley Nickel in an extremely competitive toss-up district. He was endorsed by Trump, Ted Cruz, Madison Cawthorn and Marjorie Taylor-Greene, won the party’s primary and then lost a close race to Nickel.
After losing, Hines moved again, this time to the Charlotte area, according to his campaign.
He is now going to run in the Republican primary for North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District. Democratic Rep. Kathy Manning currently represents NC-6, but she was gerrymandered out of her seat with the NCGOP’s new maps for 2024.
The district previously encompassed all of Rockingham, Caswell and Guilford counties, as well as about one-third of Forsyth County, including part of Winston-Salem. Now the district includes approximately 20% of Guilford County (including High Point but not Greensboro), around 30% of Forsyth (not including Winston-Salem), all of Davidson, Rowan and Davie counties, and around 25% of Cabarrus County. In simple terms, the district will go Republican in 2024.
Hines is now running in a district he will win – if he can win the primary, which is going to be a tougher task than he might think. He will be running against ex-U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, who represented the district in a previous form from 2015 to 2021, as well as Christian Castelli (who lost to Manning by 8.9% in 2022), Mary Ann Contogiannis (the 2022 Republican primary’s third-place finisher) and High Point Mayor Jay Wagner.
All of the issues that dogged Hines in 2022 haven’t been forgotten, such as saying abortion is “absolutely murder,” believing that the 2020 election was stolen, calling for the FBI to be defunded, a variety of campaign finance issues and the purchase of Chinese-made campaign hats while running on building “an America-first economy.” The difference is that his position on abortion, his belief in The Big Lie, and his calling for the FBI to be defunded may be what helps him win next year now that he’s running in a safe Republican district.
It will be interesting to see if Hines has learned anything from his missteps in his last campaign and if that’s enough to defeat an experienced candidate like Walker. Regardless of which Republican wins, the people of the 6th district will be the losers.