North Carolina Senate Race: Thom Tillis
One of the toughest Senate races this year is in North Carolina, where Thom Tillis is seeking a second term. Back in 2014, Tillis edged out incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan by 1.5%, and North Carolina is even more closely divided today.
This time, Democrats recruited former State Senator Cal Cunningham, and they've spent tens of millions of dollars on negative ads targeting Tillis. As a result of this barrage, polls show Tillis running behind the President at the top of the ticket.
But Tillis has been here before. His 2014 win was a come-from-behind surprise to the DC pundits. Now Tillis is in a position to do it again, by defining his opponent and prodding North Carolina voters to carefully consider whether they really want Chuck Schumer's Democrats to control the Senate.
Cunningham aims to portray himself as a moderate, but as his party lurches to the left, he's getting dragged along. He is supporting repeal of the 2017 tax cuts, urging US re-entry into the Obama Iran deal, and proudly accepting J Street's endorsement. Thom Tillis, on the other hand, has a record of strong support for Israel, including voting against Obama's Iran deal and supporting anti-BDS legislation.
The battle for control of the Senate may well come down to this race. With Schumer all in for Cunningham, we need to be just as vigorous in our support for reelecting Thom Tillis.
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