McCrory: Tillis has best shot versus Hagan

Posted April 3, 2014

Gov. Pat McCrory holds a news conference at the Governor's Mansion on Jan. 21, 2014.

— Gov. Pat McCrory has been on a road trip to Washington, D.C., this week and apparently stopped for an interview with The Washington Post.

While McCrory, a Republican, has not made an endorsement in the eight-way GOP U.S. Senate primary, he did tell the paper which candidate he thought had the best chance of beating Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan. 

McCrory gave House Speaker Thom Tillis the nod over Rev. Mark Harris of Charlotte, Dr. Greg Brannon of Cary and the rest of the field.

"I think Tillis has the best chance to win a general election," McCrory told the paper. "From a political perspective, there's no doubt in my mind that Tillis has the best chance to win in the general election. I think you can see that in the attacks from D.C. going after Tillis."

Tillis has led the Republican field in most recent polls but has yet to show signs he will rack up the 40 percent of the vote needed to avoid a runoff. The primary is May 6, but the voter registration deadline is April 11.


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  • rhess2 Apr 7, 2014

    Governor McCrory may be correct when he says Speaker Tillis has the best chance to beat Sen. Kay Hagan. Beyond that he wouldn't likely endorse any other GOP candidate, because Tillis and McCrory are "rubberstamps" for each other on legislation and the Governor's agendas.

  • archmaker Apr 4, 2014

    as it was best said by a cook in charlotte, thanks for nothing, pat.

  • Joseph Shepard Apr 4, 2014
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    Second, I have seen no evidence of a Soros connection to Kay Hagan - got a link? ATHEISTINAFOXHOLE: Do you really want to believe that Soros and his money are NOT involved--directly or indirectly--in trying to keep Hagan in office? Are you that naive?? As for the link--just check her federal campaign contributions reports.

  • WRAL_USER Apr 4, 2014

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    The time is ticking on Pattys indictment for the Duke energy crimes... Wait and see. Ole Patty will have the mark of actually engaging in criminal harm to citizens while Gov... It is simply cooking...

  • Atheistinafoxhole Apr 4, 2014

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    First off Rove's name is spelled "K-arl" as in Karl Marx.

    Second, I have seen no evidence of a Soros connection to Kay Hagan - got a link?

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Apr 4, 2014

    I sure hope king maker McCrory got Art Pope's permission before opening his mouth.

  • Carol Smith Apr 4, 2014
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    Anybody who is part of McCrory's regime will not get my vote.

  • veyor Apr 4, 2014

    Tillis has been in politics so that disqualifies him from my vote. If he is the candidate I won't vote for either one of them.

  • Joseph Shepard Apr 4, 2014
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    For those knocking Tillis and complaining about Carl Rove's support--I note a very pregnant silence on the topic of Hagan and her benefactor George Soros.

  • Grand Union Apr 4, 2014

    " Having two fine Senators like Burr and Tillis will make North Carolina the envy of the country."

    What country are you living in? Russia?

    " Thom Tillis will be able to unite the Republican Party and march us toward victory in November. "

    Tillis is a proven liar who will do exactly what his paymasters tell him Since when was that something that anyone would want to unite behind."

    "Thom Tillis is a proven leader!"

    He has Zip experience leading anything other than a massive majority and doing just what they wanted to do, no matter how nutty. How on earth is that any qualification for the Senate where he will be lucky is he is even in the narrowest of majorities?