Finally: Decision Desk Projects Trump and Tillis Win in NC, Press Continues Brutalizing Cunningham

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Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) really is the comeback kid.

In his 2014 race against then-Sen. Kay Hagan (D), he was behind in most polls leading up until election day. But some stories damaging to the Hagan campaign broke in late September and early October. Those stories, along with a stepped-up ground and digital game on the part of his campaign, helped propel Tillis to eventual victory in an election-night nailbiter.

It looks as though history has just repeated itself.

Tillis was behind in most polls in this election cycle as well. But news of his Democratic opponent Cal Cunningham’s admitted affair with the wife of an Army veteran, as well as Cunningham’s media avoidance tactics in the aftermath of the scandal appear to have helped Tillis surge late in the game win his reelection fight – assuming Decision Desk HQ’s projection in this race is accurate:

Not only did they project Tillis as the winner in the Senate race, but DDHQ have also projected Trump as the winner in the state’s presidential race:

If these numbers hold (and we’ll find out for sure by Friday), Trump stands to be awarded North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes, as DDHQ noted.

Cunningham, I should point out, is still being unmercifully brutalized by local reporters here in North Carolina as well as some at national media outlets for repeatedly dodging questions about his affair and for refusing to commit to formal interviews with the press throughout the month of October:

Tillis’ apparent victory puts Republicans at a 49-48 advantage in the battle for who controls the U.S. Senate. Assuming Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan holds his lead in Alaska, that will leave the two Georgia Senate runoff races on Jan. 5th left to determine party control. Should incumbent Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue win, Republicans would have a 52-48 advantage.

If they don’t and the Senate ends up being tied at 50-50, it would fall to the vice president to break the tie. If Biden and Harris are victorious, that would mean Harris would get to cast the tie-breaking vote for Democrats.

As I reported Monday, Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made a huge mistake over the weekend when he declared during a street “victory” party for Biden and Harris in New York that “Now we take Georgia, then we change America!” The NRSC didn’t waste any time making a campaign ad out of it.

UPDATE: Cal Cunningham has conceded the Senate race in NC to Thom Tillis, making it all but official:

The responses in that thread from people who supported him are … ouch.

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