RALEIGH – Cal Cunningham, though flanked by additional Democrats in the primary, appears to be the biggest threat to the reelection hopes of Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC). The former state lawmaker and Iraq War veteran reportedly raised over $720,000 in the two weeks following his announcement.
From the Hill:
“[…] Cunningham raised more than $520,000 in contributions since the campaign’s launch on June 17, in addition to a $200,000 candidate loan.
The campaign said 72 percent of Cunningham’s donations were from North Carolina voters and that no corporate PAC funds were accepted by the campaign.
Cunningham, an Iraq War veteran, announced his candidacy for the seat last month, as he looks to emerge from the Democratic primary to take on Tillis, who is widely considered to be one of the more vulnerable Republican senators in 2020. […]”
The story goes on to highlight polling that puts Tillis behind Cunningham, as well as state senator Erica Smith. Those match ups assume, who is quite unpopular among the Republican base, survives a serious primary challenges from Raleigh businessman Garland Tucker and Sandy Smith.
His chances of survival were certainly elevated recently, though, as President Donald Trump endorsed the former Speaker of the NC House on Twitter. While a Trump endorsement is likely the most powerful for a Republican running in 2020, it is yet unclear how much the Republican primary voters of the Old North State will forgive based on it alone.
Either way, Tillis or any other Republican nominee for that matter, will likely have their hands full
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