Another Republican candidate jumps into US Senate scrum

Posted November 11, 2013

— Another candidate jumped into the Republican 2014 U.S. Senate primary this weekend after we posted our early look at the race Sunday.

Bill Flynn, a morning AM radio host, jumped into the race Sunday, according to The Greensboro News & Record and The Winston-Salem Journal.

Flynn's most recent run for office was a tilt at the the 6th Congressional District in 2012, the seat from which Congressman Howard Coble is retiring. Coble took 57 percent of the vote in that three-way primary. Flynn split the remaining votes with Guilford County Commissioner Billy Yow, taking home just over 22 percent of the ballots cast. 

As of Monday, the Federal Elections Commission still has Flynn listed as a U.S. House candidate, although a lag in updates is not unusual, especially when it comes to U.S. Senate data, which is not electronically filed with the commission. The most recent data posted by the commission show Flynn's congressional campaign with less than $100 on hand and debts of more than $30,000. It's unclear how much support Flynn may have statewide. His name has not been included in early polling on the race. 

"Senator Kay Hagan, with her Obama-centric voting record, is part of this problem. She is wrong for North Carolina and toxic to the goodness of America," Flynn writes on his campaign website, echoing other Republican candidates' early criticism of Hagan's support for the Affordable Care Act.

Flynn is now the fifth declared candidate in the Republican field, joining House Speaker Thom Tillis, North Carolina Baptist Convention President Mark Harris, Cary doctor Greg Brannon and Wilkesboro nurse Heather Grant.


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  • SARCASTICLES Nov 18, 2013

    Yeah! Go GIT 'em, GOP! The more radical far-right and extreme, the BETTER!

    Ya'll go grease up the Clown Car, full steam ahead!

    (when this fails AGAIN, ya'll can blame the "liberal media" for TRICKING you into picking the most deranged nut available as your "champion".)

  • dontstopnow Nov 16, 2013

    What is needed is another democratic candidate - then we'll have a real choice.


    Funny you should mention that. I have decided if no other Democrat has challenged her by the final days for entering the race in February, I am going to challenge her! I am not a politician, not wealthy, but hate the way our country is being run into the ground. Maybe we need to fire all the existing politicians and put real working people there to replace them.

  • GOPtakersSociety Nov 13, 2013

    I'm sure that Kay Hagan knows that she will be voted out in 2014. My husband and I had also written her a letter but it makes me wonder if she has ever read anything that people from her state sent o her. I don't think she even cares about NC.

    Click to view my profile DaddysAngel27

    yeah , about that6 I write letters too, to both Ellmers and Burr to support Pancreatic Cancer research..... all I get is links to their websites....this happens to all Politicians!

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Nov 12, 2013

    Burr hasn't done much. I supported him because he presented himself as different from the establishment GOP. He's not. Perhaps it's impossible at this point to change Washington without starting over from scratch, but it seems no matter what we do, we can't seem to be able to reverse the destruction of our republic.

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Nov 12, 2013

    "Hagan KNOWs she rode Obama's coat-tails in 2008--as did Perdue--had there not been a Presidnetial election--I doubt either would have won in 08---especially Hagan..." - originalintent

    You are entitled to your own interpretation of past elections.

    But the reality now is that Hagan is the incumbent, challenged by well-funded by dangerously extremist candidates offered to us by the Republican party. These individuals are perfect examples of what we definitely do not need in the already dysfunctional US Congress.

    I strongly oppose incumbency in general, but I am also a realist. Given the alternatives mentioned here, Hagan is a much better choice.

    Hagan strongly opposed the breath-takingly foolish shutdown and irresponsible plans to default on our federal debt. For that reason alone, she is a wiser option.

  • original intent Nov 12, 2013

    Hagan KNOWs she rode Obama's coat-tails in 2008--as did Perdue--had there not been a Presidnetial election--I doubt either would have won in 08---especially Hagan...

  • TheDude abides... Nov 12, 2013

    Greg Bannon 2014!

  • jackjones2nc Nov 12, 2013

    Republicans are badly stained by their government shutdown, hostage tactics, and NCGA voter suppression/ALEC laws. No doubt that Kay Hagan will be reelected.

  • IndependentAmerican Nov 12, 2013

    What is needed is another democratic candidate - then we'll have a real choice.

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Nov 11, 2013

    I guess the question is: are these 5 neocons representative of the North Carolina voting public?

    I'm thinking no. You're safe, Kay. Just keep talking about their shutdown and their attempt at a federal default.