WASHINGTON, D.C. – Once upon a time, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis was the least popular senator in the nation, all but assured to lose a race for reelection that could tip the balance of the chamber against Republicans. Indeed, the polls, leading right up to the election, spelled L-O-S-S for the former N.C. Speaker of the House.
But guess what? The polls were wrong; really wrong. Not that this is surprising, considering the amount of opinion shaping polls are aimed at, rather than reflecting voter opinions. The most expensive senate race of all time was WAY closer than Democrats hoped for, and with the Republican coming out on top, at that.
Of course, Democrats like Governor Roy Cooper are trying to still trying to ‘drag Cal across the finish line,’ cautioning against crowning Tillis the winner before all votes are counted.
Yes, there are more than 100,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted, but with a margin of nearly 100,000 votes, all those ballots would have to be returned, and all would have to go to Cunningham for a lead change to be in play.
So, in all likelihood, Tillis will serve another six years in the U.S. Senate. Hopefully in a role of backing up the second term of President Donald Trump.