A Democrat Senate hopeful has just been caught in a nasty scandal.
According to the New York Post, Cal Cunningham, who is challenging incumbent North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis (R) for his seat in the U.S. Senate, recently confirmed a report alleging “he sexted with a woman who was not his wife.”
“I have hurt my family, disappointed my friends, and am deeply sorry,” the Democrat told a local news outlet, according to the Post. “The first step in repairing those relationships is taking complete responsibility, which I do. I ask that my family’s privacy be respected in this personal matter.”
Of course, this all doesn’t mean he’s dropping out of the race.
“I remain grateful and humbled by the ongoing support that North Carolinians have extended in this campaign, and in the remaining weeks before this election I will continue to work to earn the opportunity to fight for the people of our state,” Cunningham said, according to Axios.
In the messages at issue, Cunningham writes to a California woman named Arlene Guzman Todd, “[T]he only thing I want on my to-do list is you,” according to the New York Post.
He also writes: “[It] Would make my day to roll over and kiss you right now.”
The North Carolina Senate race has long been one to watch, and the stakes are even higher now that news has come out about Cunningham’s sexual escapades. That’s not the only issue complicating matters, however.
It was revealed just last week that incumbent Sen. Tillis had tested positive for COVID-19. According to The Hill, he joins fellow Republican Sen. Mike Lee as well as the president and first lady in his diagnosis.
“Over the last few months, I’ve been routinely tested for COVID-19, including testing negative last Saturday, but tonight my rapid antigen test came back positive,” Tillis told constituents in a statement Friday.
The positive coronavirus test will no doubt affect Tillis’ ability to campaign, at least for the next couple of weeks, but only time will tell how much of an impact that has on November’s pivotal election.
The latest polling data from FiveThirtyEight has Tillis sitting 13 points behind his Democrat challenger. One can only hope that the GOP senator can turn things around over the next 30 days.