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

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

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 TillisRepublicans scramble to contain Trump fallout McConnell says Trump is not a racist, but calls for better rhetoric GOP senator: 'Outrageous' to say Trump's tweets about Democratic congresswomen are racist 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

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 HaganTillis trails Democratic challenger by 7 points in North Carolina poll North Carolina businessman will challenge Tillis in GOP primary Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 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 BurrOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Sanders mounts staunch defense of 'Medicare for All' | Biden, Sanders fight over health care heats up | House votes to repeal ObamaCare 'Cadillac Tax' | Dems want details on fetal tissue research ban Top North Carolina newspapers editorial board to GOP: 'Are you OK with a racist president?' Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns 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.