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RALEIGH, NC – On day one of the general election, Cal Cunningham launched his “Carolina Conversations” tour, meeting with voters in Lexington, Salisbury, Concord, and Charlotte.
Here’s a look at Cal’s campaign stops on Wednesday.
Cal was welcomed by a packed house in his hometown of Lexington, where he kicked off the tour.
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In addition to Lexington, Cal stopped in Rowan County and Cabarrus County before heading to Charlotte.
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Cal Cunningham walked into BBQ Center of Lexington the day after securing 57 percent of the vote in North Carolina’s democratic senate primary race and admitted he had a lot of work to do. That comes as Senator Thom Tillis made his return to Washington, D.C. after the election. Davidson County has run predominately red for the past decade, according to the county’s Board of Elections.
Cunningham’s “Carolina Conversations” tour kicked off with a luncheon roundtable. He met with community members to answer questions that ranged from his policy to his strategy for November. Surrounded by supporters at BBQ Center, he understands the remaining stops may not be as friendly.
“We’re not always going to agree on the issues, and that’s okay, but we can be respectful of each other. We can have reasoned dialogue about how we solve some of this nation’s problems and that’s what starting this Carolina Conversation tour right here is all about,” Cunningham said.
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Cunningham said that he wanted to start the campaign in Lexington because he still has a deep attachment to the people in Davidson County and the impact it has had on his life.
“I wanted to start the next step in the process where my journey began,” Cunningham said. “We are traveling across North Carolina and we are reaching out to start a conversation with the electorate and voters in this state. It means a lot to begin this with the love and support of my hometown.”
During the event at The Barbecue Center on Wednesday, Cunningham answered questions on a variety of topics including economic development, affordable health care, regulation of lobbyist, support for educators and voting rights.
He said one of the first topics he would address if elected is campaign finance laws, specifically overturning the Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which prohibits the government from restricting political contributions from corporations, non-profits, political super PACS and other associations.
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In a Raleigh victory speech, Cunningham said he wants to fight political and financial corruption, raise wages, improve health care and deal with climate change.
“Tonight, we’re one step closer to replacing Thom Tillis in the United States Senate … one step closer to replacing his partisanship with our patriotism,” he said.
He pledged to meet voters across the state. “I’m going to go places that haven’t seen a candidate and certainly haven’t seen a Democrat in entirely too long. And I’m going to talk to folks who don’t always agree,” he said.
Cunningham plans to be in Charlotte late Wednesday afternoon, after stops in Lexington, Salisbury and Concord.
Cunningham was raised in Lexington and now lives in Raleigh. He served a term in the state Senate in the early 2000s, and had lost the 2010 Democratic Senate primary to Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.