• Cunningham, Tucker lend to campaigns challenging Tillis

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - New political rivals of well-funded North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis are tapping into personal money to help get their campaigns off the ground.

    The federal campaign finance report from Tillis's 2020 re-election campaign shows it raised $1.9 million during the three months ending June 30 and had $4.4 million in its coffers to start the second half of 2019.

    GOP primary challenger Garland Tucker reported he loaned his campaign committee $700,000 while raising another $339,000 from the time he entered the race in early May. The campaign had $108,000 in the bank entering July.

    Democrat Cal Cunningham announced his candidacy in mid-June and already reported raising $522,000 in addition to lending his campaign $200,000. Cash on hand was $683,000.

    Second-quarter finance reports were due Monday.

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