• Graham believes Burr's Saturday vote opens the way for Lara Trump
  •  McHenry said she could could be a Republican favorite
  • Burr is expected to retire from the Senate in 2022

Another member from the Trump family will likely run for office and win, a Republican senator predicted Sunday.

Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a known Trump supporter, predicted that North Carolina Sen. Richard M. Burr’s vote to convict former President Donald Trump on Saturday would likely lead to the election of pro-Trump candidates.

"The biggest winner of this whole impeachment trial is Lara Trump," Graham said on Fox News. "My dear friend Richard Burr, who I like and have been friends to a long time, just made Lara Trump almost the certain nominee for the Senate seat in North Carolina to replace him if she runs, and I certainly will be behind her because she represents the future of the Republican Party.”

Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-N.C. downplayed the effect Burr’s decision could have on the GOP, but praised Lara Trump's potential if she were to become a candidate.

“Ms. Trump would be the odds-on favorite. No one comes close,” McHenry said.

The 38-year-old former personal trainer and television producer has been married to Eric Trump, the second son of the former president, since 2014. She had previously signaled that she is considering a run for Senate in North Carolina in 2022.

Burr is slated to retire and not run for re-election. The North Carolina Republican voted to convict former President Trump for inciting a deadly insurrection on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

"The evidence is compelling that President Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection against a coequal branch of government and that the charge rises to the level of high Crimes and Misdemeanors," Burr said in the statement following the Saturday vote. "Therefore, I have voted to convict."

Burr’s decision to vote against Trump drew fire from North Carolina conservatives, including the state’s Republican Party chairman, Michael Whatley.

“North Carolina Republicans sent Senator Burr to the United States Senate to uphold the Constitution and his vote today to convict in a trial that he declared unconstitutional is shocking and disappointing,” Whatley said.

Mark Walker, a Republican aiming to succeed Burr in 2022, took to Twitter shortly after Saturday’s vote to blast Burr’s decision.

“Wrong vote, Sen. Burr,” Walker wrote. “I am running to replace Richard Burr because North Carolina needs a true conservative champion as their next senator. Join me.”

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Lara Trump, wife of Donald Trump's son Eric Trump, arrives at Trump Tower in New York City, Jan. 17, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith