Mark Robinson released this message today:
I want to thank everyone that has been with us through this process of making such a huge decision.
Running for Senate was never on my radar before the last couple of weeks. However, I began to receive calls from people all over the state encouraging me to run. We then saw poll numbers that showed me with a strong lead over all of the declared candidates. With the encouragement from supporters, the strong numbers, and the importance of this Senate race, I felt obligated to take an earnest look at the seat, consult those closest to me, and seek the Lord in prayer about the direction He has for my life.
If you have heard me speak or talked to me personally, you know that I truly want to serve. I did not seek elected office for personal fame or fortune- I did so to serve the people of this state and nation. Being obedient to the Lord and serving the citizens will always be my priority. I will always work to do what I believe is right, and to put the people above my own self interests. I will strive to honor my responsibilities and to keep my promises.
It is with this in mind that I have decided that I will not run for the U.S. Senate. I am proud of what my team and I have accomplished in such a short period of time, especially with the important task of education, and look forward to building on our progress.
Our state deserves real leadership, and right now there is a vacuum left by a do- nothing governor. Since I have taken office, I have seen the Cooper administration play favorites with vaccinations, stifle small business, and veto good legislation purely for political points. I will not stand idly by.
During the 2022 cycle I will be working to recruit and support candidates at every level of government. Here in NC, we have the chance to regain super majorities in the House and Senate. In our United States Congress, I believe Republicans are in a strong position to take back the House and the Senate. I will work tirelessly to ensure this happens.
Thank you for your support, and I look forward to continuing to work for the great state of North Carolina.
Lieutenant Governor of NC