Tillis's Democratic challenger brings in over $720,000 in two weeks

Tillis's Democratic challenger brings in over $720,000 in two weeks
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Former North Carolina state Sen. Cal Cunningham's (D) campaign announced Monday that he brought in more than $720,000 in the first two weeks of his campaign to unseat Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Progressive veterans group launches campaign labeling Trump as a 'national security threat' Trump rules out total rollback of Chinese tariffs MORE (R-N.C.)

Cunningham raised more than $520,000 in contributions since the campaign's launch on June 17, in addition to a $200,000 candidate loan. 

The campaign said 72 percent of Cunningham's donations were from North Carolina voters and that no corporate PAC funds were accepted by the campaign. 

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Cunningham, an Iraq War veteran, announced his candidacy for the seat last month, as he looks to emerge from the Democratic primary to take on Tillis, who is widely considered to be one of the more vulnerable Republican senators in 2020. 

A survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling last month, showed Cunningham leading Tillis, 41 percent to 40 percent. 

An Emerson College poll released last month also showed Tillis trailing North Carolina state Sen. Erica Smith (D), another of his Democratic challengers, 46 percent to 39 percent. 

Tillis is also facing a third Democratic challenger, Mecklenburg County Commissioner Trevor Fuller.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families On The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings MORE (R-Ky.) is set on maintaining his party's grip of the chamber, in which they have a 53-47 majority. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE endorsed Tillis for reelection in a tweet last month.