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7.13.20

Thom Tillis Latest Losing Strategy? Pretend COVID-19 Never Happened.

RALEIGH, NC — On Friday, Thom Tillis delivered an address to the North Carolina GOP, just days after a new poll showed that he has work to do with his base, and in his speech, he revealed his latest losing strategy: forget COVID-19 ever happened. 

In the virtual address, Tillis said, “The stakes are very high this election, but you know why I know we’re going to win? Because people remember how good their lives were back in February.”

Yikes. 

While Tillis is desperate to identify a winning message after poll after poll have shown him in a tight race with Cal Cunningham, our guess is this won’t be it. 

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Raw Story: Republican senator says GOP will win because voters ‘remember how good their lives were back in February’

  • Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) on Monday expressed confidence that Americans will vote to elect Republicans this fall, as long as they don’t think about their present circumstances.
  • According to Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic, Tillis told the North Carolina Republican Party’s virtual convention this week that American voters would back the GOP because they’d fondly remember how well the economy was doing before the COVID-19 pandemic crashed the economy, led to double-digit unemployment, and killed more than 135,000 Americans in just four months.
  • “The stakes are very high this election, but you know why I know we’re going to win? Because people remember how good their lives were back in February,” said Tillis, whom polls suggest is in a very competitive Senate race with Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham.

The Guardian: Republican senator Thom Tillis offered an optimistic outlook on his party’s chances in the November elections, even as a number of polls show Trump trailing Joe Biden in Tillis’ home state of North Carolina.

  • “The stakes are very high this election, but you know why I know we’re going to win? Because people remember how good their lives were back in February,” Tillis said during the virtual North Carolina Republicah convention.
  • But North Carolina voters do not currently appear to agree, considering the RealClearPolitics polling average of the state shows Biden ahead by 3.3 points. In comparison, Trump carried North Carolina by 4 points in 2016.
  • Tillis also faces a difficult reelection in November. A recent poll showed Tillis trailing his Democratic opponent, Cal Cunningham, by 8 points.