An independent expenditure operation is underway to assist state Sen. Erica Smith (D-Gaston) in her Democratic primary against former state Sen. Cal Cunningham, but the US Senate candidate who is trailing in the latest polls doesn’t want the help.
The Faith and Power PAC is currently running television ads and pledging to spend $2.4 million to educate the Democratic voters that Sen. Smith is the most progressive candidate, but researchers are uncovering apparent ties to conservative organizations, of which Sen. Smith wants no part. The theory is they are helping Smith because the PAC leadership believes she would be the weaker general election opponent for Sen. Thom Tillis (R).
High Point University just released a statewide poll (1/31-2/6; 225 NC likely Democratic primary voters) and found former state Sen. Cal Cunningham holding a 29-10% advantage over Sen. Smith. Mr. Cunningham is the Democratic establishment’s preferred candidate. Though this poll is suspect because of the long sampling period and the very small sampling universe, other research also suggests that Mr. Cunningham has a discernible lead.
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