Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, one of the leading tea party voices in Congress, Wednesday endorsed Greg Brannon in North Carolina’s Senate race.
“I enthusiastically endorse Greg Brannon for U.S. Senate because he’s a true constitutional conservative who will join me in fighting against business as usual in Washington,” Rand said in a statement released by the Brannon campaign.
Brannon is a Cary physician and a tea party favorite.
He’s running for the Republican nomination in a field that includes House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius, Rev. Mark Harris of Charlotte and nurse Heather Grant of Wilkes County. The winner would face Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan.
“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of Sen. Paul, a true champion for liberty in Washington,” Brannon said in a statement. “Sen. Paul has shown principled leadership ... and I look forward to the opportunity to join him in this fight.”
Also Wednesday, N.C.-based Public Policy Polling released a survey showing that opposition among voters to the government shutdown is helping Hagan.
PPP, a Democratic-leaning firm, found Hagan leading a generic Republican 47 percent to 42 percent. The poll found voters oppose the shutdown 63 percent to 29 percent. When voters were told that Hagan also opposes it, her lead over a generic opponent rose to 49 percent to 41 percent.
The margin or error is 3.4 percent.
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