Republican U.S. Senate Race

A picture of Greg Brannon.
Jessica Jones

State House Speaker Thom Tillis defeated a crowded field of candidates in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate last night. Tillis received about 46 percent of the vote  thereby avoiding the possibility of a runoff. 

The mood was joyful last night at Thom Tillis’s victory party in Charlotte.  Tillis smiled from ear to ear as he addressed his supporters with his wife, Susan, nearby:

"It’s unbelievable. Susan and I have been excited about the results we’ve seen coming across North Carolina. Y’all excited?"

A new study on campaign spending shows that special interest groups have paid for 90 percent of television ads aired in the U.S. Senate race in this state.

A Wesleyan Media Project analysis in partnership with the Center for Responsive Politics reveals that North Carolina has the highest number of ads in the country paid for by special interest groups. Almost 15,000 TV spots have aired at a cost of 6.36 million dollars in the race for the U.S. Senate, which has a competitive Republican primary.

Governor Pat McCrory, Thom Tillis
Jessica Jones

Governor Pat McCrory has endorsed state House speaker Thom Tillis in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. He spoke earlier today in an appearance with Tillis at a sheet metal company in Raleigh.

"The more you get to know Thom Tillis, the more you realize he is a natural leader and he is a natural problem solver. That's nothing to say bad about the other candidates because they've shown some tremendous skills and attributes also. But Thom Tillis has more than passed the audition- he's the best person with the qualifications needed in Washington, D.C.," said the governor.

Republican U.S. Senate candidates
Jessica Jones

The primary race between Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate was center stage last night. In a debate held by UNC-TV, Baptist pastor Mark Harris and obstetrician Greg Brannon sharpened their attacks against state House speaker Thom Tillis.

Baptist pastor Mark Harris took aim at Tillis just a few minutes into the debate. He started by raising the Republican fear that it could be difficult to dislodge the Democratic incumbent, Senator Kay Hagan.

Theresa Thompson / Creative Commons/Flickr

Tonight, four of the candidates running in the Republican U.S. Senate primary will take part in their last televised debate.

Obstetrician Greg Brannon, Army veteran Heather Grant, Baptist pastor Mark Harris, and state House speaker Thom Tillis will take part in their final scheduled debate this evening on UNC-TV.

GOP Senate Primary Debate hosted by WRAL 4.23.14
screenshot of web video / WRAL

Four of the candidates vying to win the state’s Republican U.S. Senate primary appeared in their second debate last night. In the half-hour forum, aired live on WRAL-TV, state house speaker Thom Tillis, Army veteran Heather Grant, Baptist pastor Mark Harris and ob-gyn Greg Brannon touched on a variety of issues, from immigration to the Affordable Care Act. But the candidates seemed to agree on most of the issues.

>> Watch the debate here.

This evening, four of the Republican candidates in the U.s. Senate race will square off in their first televised debate, held at Davidson College just outside Charlotte. They are:

  • state Speaker of the House Thom Tillis,
  • Baptist Pastor Mark Harris
  • Tea Party-backed obstetrician, Greg Brannon
  • Army veteran Heather Grant.

The crowded field in this race could make for a complicated election.

U.S. Senator Mike Lee
U.S. Senator Mike Lee

A senator with Tea Party credentials has endorsed the primary campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon.

Utah Senator Mike Lee was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. The Tea Party favorite gained enough support in that state's primary nominating convention to block a long-serving establishment candidate, then-Senator Bob Bennett, from getting on the ballot.

Greg Brannon
Jessica Jones

A Wake County jury has decided that one of the Republican U.S. Senate candidates gave false or misleading statements to investors in a technology startup.

After two days of deliberation, a jury in civil court has found that Dr. Greg Brannon gave false information to two men in order to convince them to invest in a now-defunct mobile phone company. Brannon, who is a tea party favorite, is liable for helping repay 250 thousand dollars to those investors.