Lexington's Cunningham Makes U.S. Senate Run Official

Lexington's Cunningham Makes U.S. Senate Run Official

7:16am Dec 03, 2019
Cal Cunningham (left) answers a question during a campaign stop in Lexington Monday, the official opening of the campaign filing period. WFDD/PAUL GARBER

Candidates around the state made their initial pitches to voters as filing began for the 2020 races. Democrat Cal Cunningham appeared in Lexington to announce his long-anticipated bid for U.S. Senate.

Cunningham made multiple stops across North Carolina including one at the Barbecue Center restaurant in his hometown where he talked about representing a state that has featured close races in recent years.

“I want to make sure I’m a voice for a state that is an evenly divided state, and that’s gonna take extra work and a lot of listening,” he says.

Democrats see a good chance to flip the seat. A recent poll from High Point University found incumbent Republican Thom Tillis with just a 31 percent approval rating statewide, but Tillis got some good news when prospective primary challenger Garland Tucker decided not to enter the race.

Cunningham’s entry in the race is not a surprise; he’s been campaigning for months. He’s a former state senator and a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This is Cunningham’s second run for the U.S. Senate. He lost in a runoff to Elaine Marshall in the 2010 Democratic primary.

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