It has been no secret that the Democratic leadership has tagged state Attorney General Josh Stein as their top choice to challenge first-term Sen. Thom Tillis (R). Yesterday, it was reported that the first-term AG is planning to eschew a Senate race in order to run for re-election to his current post.
At this point, the Democrats have not fielded a Senate candidate with statewide name recognition. So far, state Sen. Erica Smith (D-Gaston) and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Trevor Fuller are the only announced Senate candidates. Since both are regional officials, each will first be tasked with becoming well known on a statewide basis in order to position themselves as Mr. Tillis’ top challenger.
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