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February 9, 2016

Rand Paul Endorses in North Carolina Primary

Paul picked a side in a top Senate primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., offered an endorsement on Wednesday to a tea party activist running for the GOP Senate nomination in North Carolina — a top pickup opportunity for Republicans.

Physician Greg Brannon, one of several Republicans vying to take on Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, touted the endorsement from the conservative senator and potential presidential contender as a momentum boost for the campaign. The campaign’s announcement referred to Brannon as “an anti-establishment candidate … who will oppose the Big Government, big spending status quo in both parties.”

In a statement, Paul called Brannon “a true constitutional conservative who will join me in fighting against business as usual in Washington.”

“I urge conservatives in the state of North Carolina and across the nation to rally around Greg Brannon by contributing generously to his campaign and joining the grassroots volunteer effort to ensure that there is a strong Constitutional conservative Senator from North Carolina,” Paul said.

According to Brannon campaign manager Reilly O’Neal, Brannon raised about $155,000 over the last three months and ended the quarter with $105,000 in cash on hand. Those numbers could receive a boost with Paul’s backing.

There are at least half a dozen candidates in the GOP primary, including state Speaker Thom Tillis and the Rev. Mark Harris. They all start off behind financially to Hagan, who reported raising $1.8 million in the third quarter and had $5.4 million in cash on hand as of Sept. 30.

The race is rated Tossup/Tilt-Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Paul’s father, former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, recently endorsed in the Colorado Senate race, where an increasingly crowded GOP primary will decide who takes on Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. The elder Paul backed state Sen. Owen Hill, who he said “can be counted on to work for limited government and more personal liberties.”

  • Chief Wack-A-Troll

    if North Carolina is a “top pick-up opportunity,” then Democrats can start feeling a little better about 2014. after the looting and the pillaging that the GOP has done down in Raleigh, the GOP ranks right up there with salmonella in popularity. no wacko Tea Party doctor is gonna knock off Kay Hagan.

  • conservative008

    NC is a conservative state. Hagan won’t necessarily lose, but a solid GOP candidate stands more than a good shot of winning.

  • tonya

    Yes, go Brannon!!!

  • Rick L

    Hey Chief what the hell you been smoking in our peace pipe ? You must be an Obozo loving , America hating type if you want that libtard hag stay in office . Just sayin’

  • Chief Wack-A-Troll

    you can’t beat somethin with nothin, bubba. when the Republicans get done violating our once great state, they won’t get any votes, except from knuckledraggers like you, Rick L.

  • Defend Liberty

    The most common illusions conjured up to justify today’s collectivist central planning and coercion include “social justice”, “fair” income distribution, and stopping “global warming”.

  • Rick L

    Have you been dipping in the Kool Aid ,chief ?

  • Raphael Semmes

    Obviously you must be either a part of Operation Blueprint or someone who has fallen for it. Blueprint was leaked back in January and is s scheme by numerous liberal groups and their media allies to try to smear and demonize Republicans in North Carolina. That scheme is well underway. A good example is education, where they constantly spew that Republicans ”cut” education, while the real facts are that Republicans INCREASED funding for public K-12 education, to a record level. The word used throughout Blueprint for what they want to do to Republicans is to ”eviscerate” them.

  • Raphael Semmes

    I agree as to a solid GOP candidate, but that would exclude Thom Tillis, who supports drivers licenses to illegal aliens, tried to water down the Voter ID bill, and stopped a plan to eliminate a green boondoggle that raises utility rates for consumers. Tillis has lots of baggage with corrupt power plays, too.

  • Chief Wack-A-Troll

    never heard of it, Raphael. no need to make up stuff to criticize North Carolina Republicans. they’re doing a pretty decent job all on their own of ruining their brand, and trashing out state.

  • John Rivas

    Even if redistributing wealth may temporarily equalize the positions in civilization’s procession, in the long run it will grind the procession’s advance to a halt.

  • Igor Shafarevich

    Private property is effective, in large part, because it provides a channel through which we can direct our energies toward positive contributions to our corner of civilization’s labyrinth.

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