Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced today that he’ll head to the Tar Heel State on Monday to stump for Greg Brannon, a conservative running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
“I have decided today I’m going Monday to campaign for Greg Brannon in North Carolina,” said Paul, who endorsed Brannon in the October. “I think it’s pretty close there actually, and there’s a chance we can help him enough to push him over the top.”
Hours after Paul’s announcement, conservative talk radio show host Mark Levin endorsed Brannon, telling his nearly 764,000 Facebook followers “[h]e is unquestionably the conservative in the race.”
FreedomWorks for America announced on Tuesday that it is planning a 72-hour, grassroots “Get Out the Vote” this weekend. The organization plans to canvass neighborhoods and make calls for Brannon.
If no candidate takes 40 percent of the vote in next Tuesday’s primary, the top two finishers will advance to a July 15 runoff election.
Recent polls suggest that state House Speaker Thom Tillis, the establishment favorite in the Republican primary, is likely to take the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff. That makes Paul’s visit a potentially risky one for Republicans who worry that a runoff could weaken the party’s nominee as they go on to face Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) this fall.