Today, voters head to the polls in North Carolina, Ohio, and Indiana to cast their vote in the Republican primaries. Glenn has been particularly interested in the North Carolina Senate race involving Greg Brannon. After his first appearance on the Glenn Beck Radio Program in February, Glenn referred to Brannon has ‘the best candidate’ he has ever spoken to out of the gate. As the campaign season progressed, Glenn became more and more impressed with what he saw. Brannon’s main competition in today’s primary is the establishment-backed Thom Tillis, who is the speaker of the North Carolina House. Whoever makes it through the primary will square off against incumbent Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC).
“It is Election Day… and today is the day that you really need to get out and vote…. We've got to pick the best [candidates] we possibly can,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “In North Carolina, we like Greg Brannon. He's running against…Thom Tillis. You get to pick whoever you decide, but Tillis to the GOP candidate – the one that has all the [Karl] Rove money and everything else. If that's what North Carolinians want, that's what they'll get, but Brannon is this close.”
Interestingly, the polls consistently have Brannon beating Sen. Hagan in the general election, but he has not faired as well against Tillis in the primaries. The most recent poll results from Public Policy Polling (published May 5), however, show the momentum is with Brannon:
PPP's final poll of the North Carolina Republican Senate primary finds that Greg Brannon and Mark Harris are finally picking up some steam… Tillis leads right at the 40% mark needed to avoid a runoff, followed by Brannon at 28% and Harris at 15% with the other candidates combining for a total of 8%. 11% of voters remain undecided so that should give Tillis the breathing room needed to get over 40%, but it doesn't look as certain as it did a week ago… Brannon's support has increased 8 points in the final week of the campaign and Harris' has increased by 4 points.
See the full PPP results HERE.
“So here's the thing. All these guys are polling exactly the same way that Ted Cruz did. And I think part of that is people – are you going to answer a PPP call? ‘Hi, we are calling from the PPP poll.’ What are you going to say? I'm not even going to answer the phone. I don't want to share any of my views with anybody,” Glenn said. “I believe Ted Cruz, the day before the election, was 10 points down… [so] it is not impossible.”
Brannon enjoys the endorsement of FreedomWorks and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) among others, and Glenn explained why does not take the endorsement of Sen. Lee lightly.
“We met Brannon and I think he's good. I think he knows the Constitution inside and out. He's been endorsed by Mike Lee. I mean Mike is excruciating when it comes to the Constitution… So when Mike says, ‘Yes, he knows the Constitution inside and out, and he will defend the Constitution,’ you have a guy that will defend the Constitution,” Glenn said. “I would like to send reinforcements for Mike Lee and Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.”
“Today is the first of our opportunities to get somebody really good,” Pat concluded. “You have a shot to get Greg Brannon today in North Carolina. And then next week, Ben Sasse in Nebraska. And the following week, Matt Bevin in Kentucky.”
“If we could get one of those three, it would be remarkable,” Glenn said. “If we could get all three, it would be just phenomenal.”