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RALEIGH — It’s officially been one year since Cal Cunningham launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate, running to “take on the political corruption that’s standing in the way of progress” and pledging to “go places Democrats don’t always go.”
A year later, Cal continues to make good on that promise. Immediately following the primary election in March, Cal embarked on a “Carolina Conversations” tour in traditionally red counties across North Carolina. Now he has adapted to virtual events by “barnstorming the state online,” listening to North Carolinians across the state, building a broad-based coalition of supporters, and sharing his vision for the future.
Meanwhile Thom Tillis remains in the “danger zone” as one of Mitch McConnell’s most vulnerable senators. In the first quarter of 2020, Cal more than doubled Tillis’ fundraising numbers, and became the first Democratic nominee for Senate in at least a decade to poll ahead of his eventual Republican opponent before clinching the party’s nomination. Cal has continued to see a positive trend in polling, including a strong lead with critically important independent voters.
That’s why it’s no surprise that Tillis is already on television screens across the state attempting to reinvent himself once again by masquerading as someone that will fight for “the little guy,” when North Carolinians already know him as the “architect of one of the stingiest state unemployment programs in the country,” the guy who brags about blocking Medicaid expansion as Speaker of the North Carolina House, and who the Daily Beast describes as “…best known for getting lots of money from big pharma, big oil, big banks and payday lenders, and for pushing their preferred policies.”
“During a global pandemic, it’s more important than ever that North Carolinians have representation in Washington that works to protect health care and improve the lives of working families,” said Kate Frauenfelder, spokeswoman for Cal Cunningham’s campaign. “Instead of standing up for North Carolinians, Thom Tillis has caved to corporate special interests and his own party when it mattered most. That’s a failure of leadership, and on Election Day, Cal Cunningham will put this seat back to work for our state.”