Rand Paul to Stump for Brannon

In last-minute appearance, Brannon’s most high-profile supporter is coming to Charlotte.

Andrea Drusch
May 1, 2014, 7:20 a.m.

Sen. Rand Paul (R) will head to Char­lotte Monday to cam­paign for fel­low phys­i­cian and tea party choice Greg Bran­non (R), along­side ra­dio host Mark Lev­in at the NAS­CAR Hall of Fame. The rally is just a day be­fore the state’s May 6 primary. Freedom­Works has also planned a week­end “Get Out the Vote” for Bran­non, who trails state House speak­er Thom Tillis (R) in the polls. Tillis needs 40% of the primary vote to avoid a run­off, something polls in­dic­ate is in­creas­ingly pos­sible he could achieve. (Char­lotte Ob­serv­er/ United Liberty)

EN­DORSE­MENT TRACK­ER: Rep. Ren­ee Elmers (R) en­dorsed Tillis in the primary. Elmers is up against a primary chal­lenge her­self against Bran­non-al­lied ra­dio host Frank Roche. (Raleigh News & Ob­serv­er)

Former Flor­ida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) made his en­dorse­ment for Tillis of­fi­cial Thursday. In a state­ment, Bush said he was “con­fid­ent that the road to a ma­jor­ity runs through Thom Tillis in North Car­o­lina.”

BY THE NUM­BERS: By Wed­nes­day even­ing, just over 5,000 early bal­lots had been cast in the primary race. (News & Re­cord)