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2.20.20

ICYMI: Latest Poll Shows Cal In Strong Position With Double Digit Lead, While Tillis *Still* Underwater With NC Voters

A new poll released Tuesday by WRAL showed Cal Cunningham with a commanding, double-digit lead ahead of March 3rd, while Thom Tillis remains unpopular with North Carolina voters. With an approval rating of only 38 percent, he has cemented his place as one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country.

It’s becoming clear to voters that Cal has built the strong, diverse coalition needed to win in November: 

  • By the end of October 2019, the campaign announced support in all 100 North Carolina counties.

  • Over 7,000 North Carolinians had donated to the campaign at the end of 2019.

  • Cal has amassed more than 140 endorsements from local elected officials and community leaders across North Carolina.

  • He’s earned the support of key North Carolina groups like the North Carolina Association of Educators and North Carolina AFL-CIO.

  • He has also been endorsed by leading progressive groups like End Citizens United, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and the League of Conservation Voters.

As the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer Editorial boards said in their endorsement of Cal: “Cunningham offers a wider appeal, a diverse coalition of supporters and the most well-funded Democratic campaign, and he does so without compromising Democratic Party values. His candidacy provides the best opportunity for voters who want to unseat the Republican incumbent.” 

Read about the latest poll


WRAL: WRAL News poll: 3 tied atop Democratic presidential field in NC

By Matthew Burns – February 18, 2020

  • Other primary races included in the WRAL News poll weren’t close at all:

  • Cal Cunningham outdistanced state Sen. Erica Smith, 42-17, and three other candidates, with 34 percent undecided, for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

  • Tillis’ approval rate was 38 percent, with 20 percent unsure five years into his first term.

  • Congress overall got even poorer marks in the poll, with a 29 percent approval rating.

  • Dislike of Congress was bipartisan and crossed gender, racial, age and income lines.