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Tillis, Cunningham agree to September debate

Posted July 24, 2020 7:10 p.m. EDT

Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, left, and Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham

— Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis and his Democratic challenger, Cal Cunningham, have agreed to debate in September.

WRAL News will host the live, one-hour debate on Sept. 14. It will air on WRAL-TV, WRAL.com, the WRAL News app and other outlets.

Tillis, a former speaker of the North Carolina House, is seeking a second six-year term in Congress. He is running on his record in both Raleigh and Washington, D.C., and is counting on the popularity of President Donald Trump in the state to boost his chances.

Cunningham, a Raleigh lawyer who served in Iraq and later in the state Senate, is betting that North Carolina has soured on Trump and the gridlock in Congress, allowing him to defeat Tillis and win a Senate seat that has changed hands three times since the late Sen. Jesse Helms retired in 2002.

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