North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis claimed reelection victory on Tuesday night over Democrat challenger Cal Cunningham. The battleground Senate race, as well as the state’s presidential pick, have not yet been called. Mail-in and election day votes are still outstanding, but Sen. Tillis’ campaign felt late on Tuesday night.
Thank you for this historic victory, North Carolina!
— Thom Tillis (@ThomTillis) November 4, 2020
Oh, come on, in North Carolina we’re waiting for THREE PRECINCTS! Tillis is up by more than 95,000 votes! pic.twitter.com/4mtvG0eYeN
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) November 4, 2020
With 94% of North Carolina reporting, Thom Tillis leads Cal Cunningham by nearly 2 points. pic.twitter.com/diTUI6GjQA
— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) November 4, 2020
Tillis now winning #NCSen by a bigger margin (1.75%) than what he got in 2014 (1.56%).
— J. Miles Coleman (@JMilesColeman) November 4, 2020
Cunningham has yet to concede the race. The last stretch of Cunningham’s campaign was stained by an adulterous sex scandal that he refused to publicly address.
Pressure’s on @CalforNC to concede.
He’s been hiding from the media for the last month, hoping they’d just go away, gotta wonder if he’s hoping the Senate race will just go away too. https://t.co/I50cUwGolc
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) November 4, 2020
Someone should tell Cal the press isn’t asking about his multiple affairs anymore and he can answer their questions
Turns out voters DO care about that he was a serial philanderer and under Army investigation https://t.co/SNQq2LpFyM
Sen. Joni Ernst Survives Tough Re-election Battle in Iowa!
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) has held off her Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield and will serve another six years on Capitol Hill, outlets are now projecting.
“With 77 percent of 1,661 precincts reporting, Ernst, 50, a retired soldier who previously served as a county auditor and state senator, polled 49.4 percent of the vote en route to a second six-year U.S. Senate term,” the Sioux City Journal reports. “Greenfield, 57, a Des Moines businesswoman making her first bid for statewide elective office, had garnered 47.7 percent in unofficial results.”
Greenfield certainly posed a challenge throughout the campaign. But momentum had been gaining for the incumbent in the final stretch, as a recent Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll showed Ernst had pulled into a 4-point lead.
Sen. Ernst, the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate in Iowa, has led the effort to reform the Violence Against Women Act, which expired in 2018. She had been making some bipartisan progress too, until Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer reportedly told the Democrats to stop talking to her, because they couldn’t give vulnerable Republicans any kind of win.
“Anybody that’s up in 2020, Schumer doesn’t want to move on legislation sponsored by them,” Ernst said at the time. “Because it would be a win for me, and we can’t have that.”
Ernst showed up to President Trump’s rallies in recent weeks, and the Des Moines Register surmises that those visits boosted her support among his base. After Ernst introduced him onstage in Des Moines last week, Vice President Mike Pence thanked the senator for her friendship with the White House.
“She has been an incredible ally of President Trump and the MAGA (Make America Great Again) agenda,” Pence said of Ernst.
The president also made a surprise phone call to encourage Sen. Ernst at her Election Eve rally in Sioux City.