The Club for Growth organization is making it clear they would like to see Rep. Mark Walker (R-Greensboro) challenge North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis in next year’s Republican primary. The Club sponsored a new WPA Intelligence poll (5/19-21; 502 NC likely Republican primary voters) that finds Sen. Tillis below majority support in a GOP primary, but well over the minimum 30% threshold needed to win the party nomination.
According to WPA, Sen. Tillis would lead Rep. Walker and wealthy businessman Garland Tucker, who announced his Senate campaign earlier this month, 40-17-11%. When push questions are added, Walker’s standing greatly increases to the point where he leads the primary field.
Sen. Tillis’ favorability index is only 45:30% positive to negative among the Republican sample. For his part, Rep. Walker indicates that he is not planning to run for the Senate but says he’s “humbled to have the support and consideration of conservatives across North Carolina.” This response yields a much different tone then the clear “no” he gave last month.
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