February 7, 2020/Press

Republican “Meddling” In Democratic Primary Shows Republicans “Must Be Worried About Thom Tillis”

Washington Republicans are “meddling” in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, a sign that GOP operatives know Senator Tillis is one of the weakest and most vulnerable Senators in the country. A Super PAC with ties to Republicans and a group that “worked previously for Carly Fiorina’s GOP presidential campaign and for conservative-leaning policy groups” this week is spending nearly $2 million in a desperate attempt to distract from Senator Tillis, a move that is “clearly Republican meddling in a Democratic primary.

These “primary mischief” tactics are a reminder that Washington Republicans “must be worried about Thom Tillis” and are deeply concerned about losing the general election. NCDP remains neutral in the primary, but North Carolina Democratic voters should decide our state’s nominee for U.S. Senate – not outside Republican operatives.

It’s no surprise that Republicans are resorting to meddling in a Democratic primary. As one recent analysis put it, Tillis is one of the “most vulnerable senators up for reelection this year.” Tillis has the lowest approval rating (34%) of any Republican senator up for reelection in 2020, and has seen one election analyst after another shift this race to “Toss Up” because Tillis’ “personal favorability numbers are not good,” he has an “image problem” with voters, and he’s a self-serving Washington politician who “voters of all ideological stripes simply don’t trust” because he stands for nothing except himself.

Read more about how Washington Republicans are “meddling” in North Carolina’s Democratic primary:

  • WSOC: Ad for U.S. Democratic Senate candidate funded by PAC with GOP ties
  • CNN: GOP-affiliated group intervenes in Democratic primary for US Senate seat in North Carolina
  • AP: Ad backing Democrat could be primary mischief by Republicans
  • Charlotte Observer: PAC is spending $1 million in NC’s Democratic Senate primary. Does it have GOP ties?
  • The Hill: “The spending is also notable because the group behind it, Faith and Power PAC, appears to have ties to Republicans.”