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 TillisGOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization Without major changes, more Americans could be victims of online crime How to fix the semiconductor chip shortage (it's more than manufacturing) 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 McConnellGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE (R-Ky.) is set on maintaining his party's grip of the chamber, in which they have a 53-47 majority. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE endorsed Tillis for reelection in a tweet last month.