Thom Tillis looks to hold off Cal Cunningham in North Carolina

Thom Tillis looks to hold off Cal Cunningham in North Carolina


Sen. Thom Tillis is one of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents, and the outcome of his fight for reelection in North Carolina will help determine which party controls the Senate in 2021.

Tillis, 60, faces Democrat Cal Cunningham on the Nov. 3 ballot, and polls show the race is a toss-up.

Cunningham, 47, is a former state senator who first ran for statewide office in 2010, when he made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination to challenge Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican.

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Cunningham is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and is making affordable and accessible healthcare a top campaign issue in his fight to unseat Tillis.

Tillis, the former speaker of the North Carolina House who is serving his first term in the U.S. Senate, is running as a pro-jobs, pro-law enforcement lawmaker who backs the military and is supported by President Trump.

The two candidates have been attacking each other’s records and

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