The victory of Thom Tillis in the Republican nomination for the
But establishment is a relative term these days as the GOP's internal divisions have pushed the Republican Party to the right.
At a time when the Tar Heel State took a decidedly hard-right turn, it remains to be seen just how much a mainstream Republican Tillis is.
Setting the narrative for both Tillis, the speaker of the state House, and his opponent in November, endangered Democratic Sen.
A chorus of Republican leaders, from former presidential candidate
Tillis, though, is hardly a bipartisan pragmatist in the old-school GOP style. He is a conservative Republican leader who, according to his campaign, wants to "shrink" government, believes "the traditional family is the bedrock of America's culture" and calls
Under his watch, the North Carolina statehouse has enacted strict new voting laws and refused to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.
Even before his election night victory Tuesday, Hagan's campaign team had begun distributing a dossier that portrays Tillis' record of "fringe" positions as it prepares to reelect the first-term Democrat.
The fight is bound to become rough. Outside groups led by