A North Carolina court found on Tuesday that North Carolina Senate candidate Greg Brannon (R) misled two people into investing in a tech company he helped launch, a ruling that could hurt Brannon's chances in his Senate primary.

As a result of the judgment, Brannon may be held personally liable for the money the investors put in. The jury ruled that Brannon's co-defendant hadn't misled the investors.

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Brannon, in a statement to The Hill, promised to appeal the decision.

"I completely disagree with this verdict and feel that I was treated unfairly by the court. The whole situation is very sad," he said. "I will defend my integrity and will be appealing this decision."

The ruling could hurt Brannon's Senate campaign and boost North Carolina House Speaker Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisOvernight Defense: Over 500 amendments proposed for defense bill | Measures address transgender troops, Yemen war | Trump taps acting VA chief as permanent secretary Trump to nominate acting VA secretary to lead department Dem urges House Oversight to subpoena Cambridge Analytica MORE, the GOP front-runner.

Brannon has been positioning himself as the Tea Party alternative in the race and has the support of FreedomWorks and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). The candidates are in a crowded field vying to face Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven Hagan2020 Dems compete for top campaign operatives Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Politics is purple in North Carolina MORE (D-N.C.), who Republicans view as a top target this election cycle.

Tillis also secured the endorsement of the Republican group GOPAC on Wednesday.