Democrat Cal Cunningham’s apparent sexual dalliances and cringe-inducing romantic texts have reduced the North Carolina Democrat to a national punchline in the final stretch of the country’s most expensive Senate race.
But the scandal appears to be almost helping Mr. Cunningham — or at least not hurting him.
Polling conducted after the potentially campaign-ending news came to light shows Mr. Cunningham retaining a lead or gaining ground on Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, who is seeking a second term.
“If they want to continue to fight back that way, then, you know, it makes us fight a little dirtier than we want to,” said Elaine Wood, a Democratic Party leader in Beaufort County in the eastern part of the state. “I’ll tell you, I’ve taken the high road for four years while I’ve been chair in this county, in a red county, and I’m a lot more assertive than I used to be.”
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