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Rand Paul to stump for Senate candidate Brannon

Posted April 30, 2014

Dr. Greg Brannon of Cary participates in an April 23, 2014, debate among leading Republican candidates for U.S. Senate.

— Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a tea party favorite and a possible 2016 candidate for president, is expected to visit North Carolina next Monday on the eve of the primary to campaign for Senate candidate Dr. Greg Brannon.

Paul's visit was first reported by the Politico website, and Brannon tweeted "BIG NEWS!" on Wednesday afternoon to trumpet a noon rally in Charlotte with Paul.

Brannon, a Cary obstetrician, and Rev. Mark Harris of Charlotte are seen as the major rivals to House Speaker Thom Tillis for the GOP nomination. The nominee would face Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in November.

Recent polls have shown Tillis inching toward the 40 percent mark among voters that he would need to capture in the primary to avoid a runoff in July. He has racked up endorsements from the U.S. Chamber, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers in the past two days.

Paul endorsed Brannon last fall but hasn't been active in the North Carolina race since then.

“I think it’s pretty close there actually, and there’s a chance we can help him enough to push him over the top,” Paul told Politico on Wednesday.

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  • enderw99 May 5, 2014

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    What politician doesn't?

  • Charlie Watkins May 2, 2014
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    It has been reported that at last we have a campaign mailer that points to Brannon's conviction for misleading investors. I feel the jury verdict is the most interesting thing about the whole Republican primary. It will be interesting to see if the people of North Carolina elect a man that the jury did not believe.

    And here I was thinking politics was getting dull. Having candidates facing a jury trial is about as good as it gets. Reminds me of Tombstone Territory or the OK Corral.

  • archmaker May 2, 2014

    I guess he has time to stump for Brannon now that he is trying to distance himself from his past support of Cliven Bundy. He sure knows how to pick them!

  • Charlie Watkins May 1, 2014
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    I learned my lesson in the "Circle of Gold" many years ago. That one got a lot of people.

  • Olenc Native May 1, 2014
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    Shhhhh!!!! That's a secret!

  • May 1, 2014

    RuPaul is stumping Brannon? I'd almost be willing to pay to see that.

  • Kenny Dunn May 1, 2014
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    We can only hope. The longer this goes on the more free entertainment we get.

  • Eq Videri May 1, 2014
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    It would be interesting to learn the views on tyranny among Brannon's former business partners.

  • rocket May 1, 2014

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    Mitt Romney is about as liberal as they come. Why would you expect a true conservative to support him?

  • rocket May 1, 2014

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    More so than any other politician? Please elaborate.

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