Getting to know the candidates running for U.S. Senate in North Carolina

WBTV News Now: Getting to know the candidates running for U.S. Senate in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - An important and closely-watched race for United States Senate in North Carolina pits incumbent Republican Senator Thom Tillis against Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham.

The race itself had shocking twists for both candidates less than a month before Election Day.

Cunningham is under investigation by the US Army Reserve following revelations he may have had an extramarital affair. He admitted to exchanging a series of sexual text messages with a woman who is not his wife.

Tillis tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the White House Supreme Court nomination ceremony of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

In a race with many eyes watching closely, here’s some information about each candidate.

WBTV has created Virtual Candidate Cards to get you up to speed on the people running for office in important statewide races in the Carolinas.
WBTV has created Virtual Candidate Cards to get you up to speed on the people running for office in important statewide races in the Carolinas. (Source: WBTV)

Thom Tillis has been a U.S. Senator representing North Carolina since 2015.

He served on the North Carolina House of Representatives, for District 98 from 2007 to 2014, and was the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2011-2014.

As a senator, Tillis has served on committees of Veterans' Affairs, Armed Services, the Judiciary and more.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in technology management from University of Maryland University College in 1997.

Tillis has sponsored bills related to immigration, border security and veterans' affairs.

WBTV has created Virtual Candidate Cards to get you up to speed on the people running for office in important statewide races in the Carolinas.
WBTV has created Virtual Candidate Cards to get you up to speed on the people running for office in important statewide races in the Carolinas. (Source: WBTV)

Cunningham served on the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 23 from 2001 to 2003.

He also ran for a U.S. Senate seat for North Carolina in 2010.

Cunningham joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 2001, serving three active duty tours including Iraq and Afghanistan.

He’s the former Vice Chairman of North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission

Cunningham earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

According to his campaign website, he lists priorities for accessible healthcare, economic opportunity for all, criminal justice reform, equal rights and preventing gun violence.

The 2020 general election is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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