Fayetteville Observer: GOP voters divided among 8 candidates in U.S. Senate primary

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.

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