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Is Thom Tillis Getting a Challenger in North Carolina?

The potential Democrat who may challenge Tillis posted about a meeting he had with the DSCC on Reddit.

By NTK Staff | 02.04.2019 @12:30pm
Is Thom Tillis Getting a Challenger in North Carolina?

North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis may be picking up a Democratic challenger, if rumors on social media site Reddit are to be believed.

State Sen. Jeff Jackson (D-Charlotte) confirmed a rumor that he met with leaders from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) on Friday. In a posting on Reddit, Jackson wrote:

I just met with them. Nice folks, good conversation. They asked me to keep an open mind and I told them I would, but I also told them having an infant at home was a major issue for me, which they understood.

Jackson is a member of the U.S. Army Reserves and served in Afghanistan. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As he mentioned in his Reddit post, Jackson has a young family, which may or may not impact his decision to jump into the race.

Tillis first won his Senate seat in 2014 when he defeated incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC). He’s running for a second term in a state that increasingly finds itself somewhere between red and purple.

“Democrats have increasingly put North Carolina in their crosshairs in recent years as shifting demographics and an influx of new residents has put parts of the state in play,” according to The Hill’s Max Greenwood.

Jackson was also rumored to be a challenger to Sen. Richard Burr in 2016, but he ultimately decided not to run.

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