“I am not running for the Senate,” McCready said Thursday afternoon.
This comes after McCready refused to say one way or the other on May 15, whether he would run for Senate in the upcoming election.
“I’m not pledging to do a single thing after (District 9 Election Day) September 10th,” he said at the time. “I’m pledging to go win this race for the people of North Carolina that deserve better.”
The announcement is expected Monday.
Even with the DSCC endorsing Cunningham, despite his announced candidacy for Lt. Governor a few months ago, many Democratic candidates are still eyeing the party’s nomination.
Others running include Mecklenburg County Commissioner Trevor Fuller and state Senator Erica Smith. Former state Senator Eric Mansfield has said he’s officially exploring a bid.
However, there is wide speculation on whether Democratic state Senators Jeff Jackson and Rachel Hunt, both of Mecklenburg County, will toss their hats into the Senate ring.
There is also conjecture surrounding former state Treasurer Janet Cowell, as well as Deborah Ross, who ran against current Senator Richard Burr and lost in 2016, after serving five full terms as a state Representative.
Jackson, Mansfield and Cunningham each have military backgrounds, while Hunt, who is in her first term, is the daughter of former Gov. Jim Hunt, who served a total of 16 years in the position and is the longest-serving governor in N.C. history.