After declaring for Lt. Governor at the end of last year, former state Sen. Cal Cunningham (D) yesterday announced that he is switching into the US Senate race and hopes to challenge Sen. Thom Tillis (R). Mr. Cunningham served one two-year term in the state Senate, lost the 2010 US Senate Democratic primary, and completed Army JAG Corps tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Already in the Democratic primary are state Sen. Erica Smith (D-Gaston), former state Sen. Eric Mansfield, and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Trevor Fuller. Sen. Tillis draws opposition from wealthy retired venture capitalist Garland Tucker in the Republican primary. North Carolina Senate campaigns are always highly competitive, and this one will be no exception.
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