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|Anthony Foxx rules out 2020 U.S. Senate campaign with tweet|
|Former Charlotte mayor rules out campaign|
|Published Monday, June 17, 2019|
|Former Charlotte Mayor and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has publicly ruled out a campaign for incumbent U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis' seat in 2020.|
Cross Anthony Foxx off the list of potential candidates for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat in 2020.
The former Charlotte mayor and U.S. transportation secretary publicly ruled out a run for the Democratic nomination. Foxx, in a tweet Sunday, wrote: “2020 is a critical year. I thank the many people who encouraged me to run for US Senate. I love NC, care deeply about its people & do believe that we need a new voice in the Senate. But I am now saying publicly what I have said privately: I will not run in 2020.”
Foxx, who is chief policy officer at ride share company Lyft, was considered one of the strongest potential challengers to Republican Thom Tillis, whom Democrats have targeted as vulnerable. Democrats have struggled to recruit a big-name candidate, with Attorney General Josh Stein declining to run. Former state senator Cal Cunningham, who lost to the 2010 Democratic primary to Elaine Marshall, filed campaign paperwork for the Senate race Sunday. Cunningham switched over from the lieutenant governor’s race.
“Political corruption in DC & politicians like Thom Tillis are standing in the way of progress,” Cunningham tweeted Monday. “I'm running for U.S. Senate to move NC forward. This is a must-win Senate seat & we can't do this without your help.”
Cunningham’s campaign brings the Senate field to three Democrats, with state Sen. Erica Smith and Mecklenburg County commissioner Trevor Fuller.
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