Raleigh – Senator Tillis’ uniquely weak reelection position didn’t go away overnight, with Tillis still limping into reelection following a “nasty” primary challenge that exposed him as a flip-flopping fraud.
His credible primary challenge exposed his weak standing with base Republican voters – Tillis provoked “anger from conservatives in the state” and “was still booed” at two different Trump rallies over the summer. Tucker exposed that rift further when he “took several shots at Tillis and did not offer an endorsement,” noting instead that Tillis is trying to “whitewash his record of flip-flops.”
The challenge “forced Tillis to spend money early.” Tillis “announced his own $2.2 million advertising campaign earlier this fall” which included an expensive back-and-forth specifically attacking Tucker.
And it pushed him to compromise on his values. “It was out of fear of a primary challenge that Tillis flipped on the emergency declaration,” leading editorial boards around the state to note how Tillis “quakes at every Trump tweet,” “desperately needs Trump’s support,” and “has abandoned the state he represents for the president he thinks he needs.”
Read more on the waves of negative headlines Tillis earned in state that will stick with him into the general election:
- News & Observer: Tillis votes again with Trump on border emergency declaration, despite NC military cuts
- News & Observer: Editorial: Thom Tillis deserts himself for Trump
- Fayetteville Observer: Editorial: Tillis performs an Olympic gold flip-flop
- PBS NewsHour: Senator Tillis “Caved like a $4 Suitcase”
- Fayetteville Observer: Editorial: Tillis did not stand up to Trump for state’s military funding
- Charlotte Observer: Editorial: Thom Tillis’ terrible, no good and totally predictable bad day
- Greensboro News & Record: Editorial: Our Opinion: Robbing Peter to pay for a wall
- Spectrum News: Tillis Defends Tariffs as Farmers Pay the Price