First on CNN: Pro-Democratic group goes up with big buy in key Senate contest
August 21st, 2014
08:40 AM ET
3 months ago

First on CNN: Pro-Democratic group goes up with big buy in key Senate contest

(CNN) - The leading outside group supporting Democrats in this year's battle for control of the Senate says it's putting big bucks behind a new ad that attacks the GOP challenger in North Carolina, home to one of the most crucial races.

CNN has learned that the Senate Majority PAC will launch a new television commercial Thursday that slams North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis over state education cuts. He's the Republican Senate nominee who's challenging first term Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. If the GOP can flip the seat in North Carolina and five others, without losing any ground, they will win control of the Senate in November's midterm elections.

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Filed under: 2014 • Kay Hagan • North Carolina • Senate Majority PAC • Senate Race
Emily's List attacks Tillis over equal pay in North Carolina
GOP Senate nominee Thom Tillis
August 7th, 2014
09:07 AM ET
4 months ago

Emily's List attacks Tillis over equal pay in North Carolina

Washington (CNN) - Democratic candidates this cycle are working feverishly to exploit their party's edge among female voters, thrusting issues like equal pay, paid sick leave and women's health to the forefront of their campaigns.

Emily's List, the political action committee that backs female Democratic candidates, is stepping into the fray in North Carolina, home to the country's most expensive Senate race.

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Filed under: 2014 • Ads • Kay Hagan • North Carolina • Senate
May 21st, 2014
03:41 PM ET
6 months ago

Aiken: 'Buck has to stop' with Obama on VA

(CNN) – American Idol star turned congressional nominee Clay Aiken called the Department of Veterans Affairs "unwieldy," and said President Barack Obama is ultimately responsible for holding the VA accountable.

Asked by CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Wednesday whether the President should take a more hands-on approach to dealing the growing controversy, Aiken said, "I certainly think the President is responsible for it at the end of the day."

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Filed under: 2014 • North Carolina • President Obama • Renee Ellmers • Veterans Affairs
American Crossroads back in the game
May 19th, 2014
03:02 PM ET
6 months ago

American Crossroads back in the game

(CNN) - It was the poster child for outside spending the last two elections cycles, but so far in the 2014 midterms, American Crossroads has been relatively quiet.

That apparently ends now.

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Filed under: Alaska • American Crossroads • Arkansas • Colorado • Jeanne Shaheen • Kay Hagan • Mark Udall • New Hampshire • North Carolina • Sen. Mark Pryor
Clay Aiken wins close primary race in North Carolina, results show
May 13th, 2014
01:59 PM ET
7 months ago

Clay Aiken wins close primary race in North Carolina, results show

(CNN) - County results certified Tuesday show “American Idol” star Clay Aiken as the winner of a Democratic congressional primary in North Carolina by fewer than 400 votes, one day after his chief opponent died suddenly.

The results from the May 6 vote were certified by the counties showing that he won the 2nd Congressional District contest over Keith Crisco and a third candidate.

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Filed under: 2014 • House • North Carolina
May 12th, 2014
04:49 PM ET
7 months ago

Candidate locked in close primary contest with Clay Aiken dies

(CNN) – Keith Crisco, a businessman who was locked in a close primary race for a Democratic congressional seat in North Carolina with Clay Aiken, died on Monday.

He died at home in Asheboro around 1 p.m., according to the North Carolina Democratic Party. Other details were not immediately clear. He was 71.

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Filed under: 2014 • North Carolina • Uncategorized
First on CNN: NRSC starts showcasing Tillis narrative
May 8th, 2014
08:18 AM ET
7 months ago

First on CNN: NRSC starts showcasing Tillis narrative

Washington (CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Campaign is making an online push starting Thursday to familiarize voters in North Carolina and donors across the county with Thom Tillis, the GOP's new Senate nominee in the Tar Heel state.

The NRSC is blasting a biographical video of the North Carolina House speaker, using YouTube as platform for distribution across blogs and social networks.

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Filed under: 2014 • DSCC • North Carolina • NRSC • Senate • Senate Race
Tea party members in North Carolina might give up on national races
May 7th, 2014
04:58 PM ET
7 months ago

Tea party members in North Carolina might give up on national races

Asheville, North Carolina (CNN) - It was a tough loss.

Tea party members in North Carolina put in countless hours to elect U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon.

When he didn’t get enough votes to force a runoff against establishment GOP opponent Thom Tillis in Tuesday’s primary election, the leaders of one local tea party group wondered if it's worth competing in national races.

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Filed under: 2014 • North Carolina • Tea Party • Tea Party movement
May 7th, 2014
08:04 AM ET
7 months ago

5 takeaways from election night

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Republicans avoided a major headache on Tuesday night when Thom Tillis, the North Carolina house speaker and establishment favorite, won the Republican Senate nomination outright, dodging a protracted summer runoff fight against a grassroots-backed opponent.

With an assist from big-spending outside groups, Tillis dispatched his two main primary rivals, tea party-backed Greg Brannon and the Baptist pastor Mark Harris, with relative ease, clearing the 40% mark needed to skirt a July runoff election.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • North Carolina • Senate
May 7th, 2014
07:26 AM ET
7 months ago

Clay Aiken has slim edge in North Carolina primary

Updated 11:40a ET, 5/7/2014

(CNN) - Clay Aiken, the American-Idol star-turned congressional hopeful, holds a razor-thin margin over opponent Keith Crisco in North Carolina's Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat, but CNN and other news organizations have not yet projected a winner.

With all precincts reporting, Aiken has 40.83% of the vote, with Crisco following slightly behind at 39.4%. If the margin holds up, Aiken would exceed the 40% threshold needed to avoid a runoff.
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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • House • North Carolina
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