Senate candidate Cal Cunningham goes dark after sexting scandal emerges

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North Carolina Senate candidate Cal Cunningham has stayed under the radar since news broke that he exchanged sexual text messages with a married woman. The story appears to have hamstrung Cunningham’s campaign both online and on the campaign trail.

Cunningham, a former state senator who is married with two children, is running against Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, who is quarantining after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Tillis is behind Cunningham in the polls by 6 points, according to the RealClearPolitics average.

The Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling shows the sexting scandal has not affected the race much, with less than one month until Election Day. Early voting begins on Oct. 15 in North Carolina.

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