Early voting in this year’s primary starts in less than four weeks, and Election Day is less than six weeks off. Yet Republican front-runner Thom Tillis lacks a lock on his party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate.
Voters are divided among eight candidates in the Republican primary. Surveys have found that a significant percentage of voters have not settled on who should challenge Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan, a key target in Republican efforts to gain a majority of the seats in the Senate. None of the candidates has the support of at least 40 percent of the voters, the minimum needed to win the May 6 primary.
The numbers suggest Tillis could be headed into a runoff primary in July.