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ICYMI: Tillis Allies’ Latest Attempt To Save His Flailing Re-Election Bid Falls Flat As TV Stations Pull Down Attack Ad

Last week, multiple television stations across North Carolina pulled down an attack ad against Cal Cunningham for being untruthful. Paid for by Thom Tillis’ allies, the “blatantly false” spot is just another attempt to mislead and distract voters from the unpopular incumbent senator’s record. 

In the second quarter of 2020, Cal also outraised Tillis nearly 3 to 1 and erased his cash on hand advantage. In the month of July alone, Cal led Tillis in nine polls, most recently by nine points. Last week, Morning Consult released new polling in the North Carolina Senate races, which emphasized the gap between Senator Tillis’ popularity and President Trump’s: “In a state where 96 percent of likely GOP voters back Trump for re-election, 76 percent say they’d vote for Tillis in November.” 

In May, Senator Tillis thought that “Americans won’t necessarily be voting with today’s drumbeat of 2,000 deaths a day and endless quarantines in mind” and “predicted by August everything will look different.” North Carolinians entered August with an absent Senate, as Tillis packed up for the weekend, letting unemployment benefits expire when rent is due, failing to address testing delays, and doing nothing to provide health insurance to the millions who lost coverage during the pandemic. 

It’s clear that Tillis has so much ground to cover that his allies are now resorting to false attacks because they can’t back up his record turning his back on North Carolinians time and again. 

Associated Press: TV Stations Pull Attack Ad In North Carolina Senate Race

  • North Carolina television stations have pulled a Republican attack ad against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham off the air after his campaign said the ad wasn’t truthful.
  • WRAL and WRAZ, both owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company in Raleigh, have taken the ad off the air. WSOC in Charlotte also has taken it off the air, according to emails from the station.

Read more about Cal’s momentum:

  • Morning Consult: “And on the ballot with Trump, who’s tied with Biden at 47 percent, Tillis trails his Democratic rival, former state Sen. Cal Cunningham, by 9 points, 37 percent to 46 percent.”
  • CBS News: “In North Carolina, Thom Tillis is running behind Mr. Trump, trailing Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham by nine points.”