Virus Outbreak Poses Political Challenge For Republican In Key Senate Race

In what could be one of the closest Senate races this fall, the coronavirus pandemic has scrambled some of the usual political lines. North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, who’s facing re-election to a second term, has found himself on the same side as the state’s Democratic governor, Roy Cooper (who’s also facing re-election) in backing the state’s stay-at-home order. “We’re moving in the right direction but we have not beaten this virus,” Tillis said during a telephone town hall with constituents in April. “And the last thing we can do now is to let our guard down.” It’s a stance that has put Tillis at odds with many GOP officials in the state, not to mention the protesters who are holding weekly marches in the state capital to protest Cooper’s order. “I’ve seen the damage that’s been done by this shutdown,” said protester Gary Jesmock said at a recent rally. “And I think it’s very dangerous.” While North Carolina has been spared from the worst of the virus so far, the state’s


Author: WGCU Public Media