Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulActivists target Google employees over GOP convention plans McConnell pledges to support Trump GOP operative Ed Rollins joins pro-Trump super-PAC MORE (R-Ky.) is heading to North Carolina to help fundraise for the state Republican Party and boost North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R).
Paul endorsed one of Tillis's primary opponents, who had close ties with the Paul family early in the year, but he quickly backed Tillis following his primary win. It was one of the only times Paul backed a Tea Party candidate against the establishment this cycle.
The senator's move seems designed as his latest effort to show establishment Republicans that he's a team player and to try to help the party recapture Senate control. Tillis is locked in a tight race against Sen. Kay HaganKay Hagan10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 Senate Republicans are feeling the 'Trump effect' Washington's lobby firms riding high MORE (D-N.C.).