Ted Budd, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks during an election watch party on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run, N.C.

N.C. Senate candidates joust on abortion, weed and 2024

North Carolina’s Senate contest didn’t start off as one of the must-watch campaigns of 2022, but in the closing weeks of the midterms the race is drawing the country’s attention. That’s because ahead of Friday night’s debate between Democrat Cheri Beasley and Republican Ted Budd, multiple surveys showed the race either tied or too close to call. For much…