North Carolina Poll: Thom Tillis, Cal Cunningham Deadlocked

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., left, and Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham greet each other prior to a televised debate at WNCN-TV in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
AP Photo/Gerry Broome

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and North Carolina Senate Democrat Cal Cunningham are deadlocked in the pivotal race for the North Carolina Senate seat, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Tuesday found that 49 percent of likely voters support Cunningham, while 47 percent back incumbent Tillis. The survey’s 4.5 percent margin of error makes the race a statistical dead heat.

Likely North Carolina voters put Cunningham’s affair, control of the Senate, and Tillis’s support for President Donald Trump at the center of their thinking as to whom they will vote for in November.

Twenty-seven percent of voters said that Cunningham’s affairs are extremely important to their vote, 59 percent said that Tillis’s support for Trump is very important, and 85 percent said that which party controls the Senate is very important for their vote.

Of those who say Cunningham’s infidelity is important, 80 percent say they will vote for Tillis.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll mirrors a recently released Emerson College poll, which found that Tillis leads by one point or 45 to 44 percent.

Adam Meldrum of Ad Victory, whose company tracks online discussions of Americans regarding elections, said that the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett would help Tillis in the Senate race’s final weeks.

Meldrum said, “Cunningham really had a very neutral to positive sentiment about him not being a current elected official.”

“With the Supreme Court, you saw a dramatic benefit to Republican candidates when that time came up. It was something I think the base really got fired up about,” he added.

Tillis slammed Cunningham for refusing to address reports about whether he had a second extramarital affair. Tillis said:

Cal Cunningham’s refusal to deny a second extramarital affair serves as confirmation that he engaged in egregious misconduct in addition to what has already landed him under investigation by the Army Reserve. If Cal Cunningham cheats and lies while he asks for your vote, he will continue to cheat and lie as your U.S. Senator. North Carolinians deserve to know the full scope of Cal’s transgressions, and he needs to stop        hiding and start providing straight answers. The fact that Cunningham wants to avoid answering for his behavior for the next two weeks in order to win an election shows an unprecedented level of arrogance and self-centeredness that makes him unfit to be a public servant at any level.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted between October 12 and 17, surveying 646 likely North Carolina voters. The survey has a 4.5 percent margin of error.

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.

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