June 25, 2019/Press

Another High-Profile Tillis Supporter Defects to Primary Opponent Garland Tucker

Raleigh – Garland Tucker won over yet another high-profile Republican who previously supported Thom Tillis, earning the support of former Republican gubernatorial candidate and Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot, according to WFAE.

Since launching his challenge, Tucker has continued to sap donors and political allies from Senator Tillis. “At least 13” donors who previously donated to Tillis hosted a fundraiser for Tucker, including GOP megadonors like Bob Luddy, who said he “did not know if he would donate to Tillis during the general election,” and a number of current and former elected officials – including Sen. Bob Rucho, who endorsed Tillis in 2014.

With conservatives in open revolt against Tillis – House Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows took an “unprompted dig” at Tillis just last week – and now moderates like Vinroot lining up behind Tucker, Tillis’ reelection is in jeopardy – and Tucker is proving to be a “tough out.”


WFAE: Does Vinroot Support Signal Tucker Can Win Moderates?
By Steve Harrison
June 21, 2019

Key Points:

  • Raleigh businessman Garland Tucker is challenging incumbent Thom Tillis.
  • Now Tucker agrees with the president on almost all issues – I haven’t seen any daylight between them – and said Tillis hasn’t supported Trump enough.
  • This week, former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot, a moderate Republican, said he will vote for Tucker in next year’s primary.
  • He said he was impressed with Tucker as a person and a candidate.
  • “He came to see me. I thought he was a thoughtful man,” Vinroot said. “I liked him.”
  • Tucker formally announced his candidacy on Sean Hannity’s TV show, and he’s exploited Tillis’ initial opposition to Trump declaring a national emergency to fund a border wall. But if Vinroot’s support translates into other moderate Republican support, Tucker could prove to be a tough out.