Skip to comments.GOP rallies behind Thom Tillis but the hits keep coming (Brannon for Senate!)
Posted on 04/25/2014 5:10:50 AM PDT by cotton1706
In the Republican Senate primary in North Carolina, the national Republican Party and its network of supportive third-party groups have aggressively worked to correct their mistakes from the last election cycle.
No longer is the party content to sit idly by and let the primary play out as it will, as it did in states such as Missouri in 2012, to disastrous effect in the general election. Instead, the Republican establishment isnt taking any chances on North Carolina, one of the key 2014 battleground states this fall. The GOP has banded together behind a candidate, North Carolina Speaker Thom Tillis, giving him the full support of the partys fundraising and messaging arms in his challenge to Sen. Kay Hagan, the incumbent Democrat.
Meanwhile, Tillis record in the state legislature has passed muster with pro-Republican groups across the ideological spectrum, winning him endorsements from the NRA, National Right To Life and the Chamber of Commerce the Republican trifecta, as one party operative aptly termed it.
So is Tillis a dead cinch in the May primary? Not by a long shot.
Republicans had hoped Tillis would win 40 percent support from the partys voters, the threshold needed to avoid a run-off. But recent public polling has shown Tillis falling far short, even by double digits and he will likely face either Greg Brannon, a Libertarian physician, or Mark Harris, a Baptist pastor courting evangelical voters, during a two-month, head-to-head race culminating in a mid-July vote.
Tillis is also being hurt by attack ads underwritten by Democratic groups. Theyre trying to do everything they can at least to force a run-off, but I dont even believe thats going to happen, Tillis told reporters Tuesday following a Republican debate at Davidson College.
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Greg Brannon for Senate!!
Tills is who Tillis is, and Brannon is the choice by far. But I gotta tell you, the most aggrevating dude in the race is Harris. He made some snide remarks - obviously towards Brannon - that were just below the belt. He’s like Huckabee or Santorum, pretending to be “above the fray” but really nastier than anyone else.
I really dislike that kind of candidate ...
Greg Brannon for Senate!!
I agree wholeheartedly.
The headline should have been the establishment RINOs rally around Tillis.
If you add the two challengers to Tillis together, they are within the margin of error against him, and the undecided are about 20%, which could wipe Tillis out.
“If you add the two challengers to Tillis together, they are within the margin of error against him, and the undecided are about 20%, which could wipe Tillis out.”
I don’t think Tillis can survive a runoff. They’ve thrown the kitchen sink at Brannon and he’s still standing. So he’ll take out Tillis in a runoff and then he can take out Hagan, because a moderate can’t take out Hagan (witness November 2012, Tommy Thompson, Connie Mack, Denny Rehberg, etc.)
I'm still voting for Brannon. Tillis is a big supporter of Common Core and thinks ObamaCare should be "fixed". He is not who NC needs in the Senate. We need to get rid of Hagan completely and not elect a Hagan-Lite.
Brannon would be our new Jesse Helms. It's no wonder the GOP-e doesn't like him.