Control of the United States Senate is also at stake this November.
All hell is now breaking loose on the campaign trail.
And one Democrat went into hiding after this bombshell sex scandal went public.
Democrats pinned their hopes for a Senate majority on Cal Cunningham defeating Republican incumbent Thom Tillis in North Carolina.
Those hopes took a serious hit when the National File broke a bombshell story about Cunningham “sexting” with medical marijuana lobbyist Arlene Guzman Todd.
The scandal grew further when the National File reported that a woman named Erin Brinkman posted on Facebook that a friend she refused to identify carried on an affair with Cunningham.
As the sex scandal mushroomed, Cunningham went underground.
WUNC host Jeff Tiberii was set to host a town hall event with Cunningham.
Tiberii announced on social media that Cunningham canceled the event.
“A U.S. Senate town hall scheduled for Monday afternoon is off. Unfortunately @CalforNC has backed out. Organizers will try to reschedule,” Tiberii wrote on social media.
Tiberii expressed disappointment that Cunningham would not answer questions from voters about the scandal.
“I’m disappointed for the organizers who worked hard to put this together; also that we will not hear from Cunningham about sexually suggestive texts he sent to a woman (not his wife, nor mother of his children). Fascinated to see when he publicly addresses this,” Tiberii added.
“Cunningham owes North Carolinians a full explanation for his extramarital relationship, and he needs to come out of his windowless basement and provide it,” Tiberii concluded.
Cunningham did issue a brief statement on the explicit text messages and acknowledged that he sent them.
“I have hurt my family, disappointed my friends, and am deeply sorry … 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,” Cunningham stated.
Tillis blasted Cunningham for hiding from the public and not answering questions about this scandal.
“On the debate stage last week, Cal said it’s about integrity, and I agree… Cal owes North Carolinians, all the voters a full & thorough explanation for what we now know are two separate events,” Tillis declared.
Whichever party wins the Senate race in North Carolina is likely to hold the majority in the Senate in 2021.
Democrats lead in Arizona, Colorado and Maine.
Republicans lead in Alabama.
The races in Iowa and Georgia look like tossups that could go either way.
If Republicans can hold on to North Carolina, they stand a better chance of keeping the majority because Donald Trump figures to run stronger statewide in Georgia and Iowa than Arizona, Maine, and Colorado.
That means Cal Cunningham’s sex scandal could cost Chuck Schumer the perch of Senate Majority Leader.
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