NC state senator meets with DSCC as Dems eye challenge to Tillis

NC state senator meets with DSCC as Dems eye challenge to Tillis
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North Carolina State Sen. Jeff Jackson met with the Democrats’ Senate campaign arm on Friday, as the party eyes potential candidates to challenge Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisThe Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's new controversy Warning signs flash for Tillis in North Carolina MORE (R-N.C.) in 2020.

Rumblings of the discussions had emerged on a Reddit discussion board on Friday afternoon. A post by a member with the user name "JeffJacksonNC" purporting to be Jackson confirmed meeting with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) in the website.

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Jackson confirmed the meeting to The Hill on Friday and acknowledged writing the posting on Reddit. He did not respond to further questions about the meeting. 

"I just met with them. Nice folks, good conversation," the post from Jackson in Reddit said. "They asked me to keep an open mind and I told them I would, but I also told them having an infant at home was a major issue for me, which they understood.

Tillis, who narrowly beat former Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganWarning signs flash for Tillis in North Carolina Tillis trails Democratic challenger by 7 points in North Carolina poll North Carolina businessman will challenge Tillis in GOP primary MORE (D-N.C.) in 2014 to win his seat, is one of 22 Senate Republicans up for reelection next year, and Democrats are hoping to find a top-tier challenger to take on the first-term senator.

Democrats have increasingly put North Carolina in their crosshairs in recent years as shifting demographics and an influx of new residents has put parts of the state in play.

Tillis currently has a little more than $2 million in his campaign coffers, according to his most recent federal filing, which was made public on Friday.

Jackson, who has served in the North Carolina state Senate since 2014, was previously floated as a potential challenger to Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrLawmakers applaud Trump's ban on flavored e-cigarettes Trump to hold campaign rally in North Carolina day before special House election Hoekstra emerges as favorite for top intelligence post MORE (R-N.C.) in the run up to his 2016 reelection bid, though ultimately never mounted a bid.

Burr went on to win a roughly 6-point victory over Democrat Deborah Ross that year.