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Back in the 2012, Tillis made headlines when two of his staffers got caught up in affairs with lobbyists. Now, a PAC that supports Hagan launched this ad just in time for the Republican senate primary. Back in the 2012, Tillis made headlines when two of his staffers got caught up in affairs with lobbyists. Now, a PAC that supports Hagan launched this ad just in time for the Republican senate primary.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The May 6 primary is just around the corner and the top three Republican contenders vying to unseat Sen. Kay Hagan are holding nothing back and neither are supporters of the incumbent senator.

In an attack ad that was recently released and paid by a super PAC called the “Senate Majority PAC,” two 2012 sex scandals involving House Speaker Thom Tillis’ former legislative aides have been resurrected. The Senate Majority PAC, which is tied to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has already spent $2 million on the state's Senate race, according to the Associated Press.

Back in the 2012, Tillis made headlines when two of his staffers got caught up in inappropriate personal relationships with lobbyists. 

Now, a PAC that supports Hagan launched this ad just in time for the Republican senate primary.

In this crowded Republican senate race, any scandal old or new, hurts.

David McLennan, a political science professor at William Peace University said, “More is to come. I think we’ll see it get really negative. ‘Americans for Prosperity’ and other groups have been attacking Kay Hagan constantly for the past six months. This is sort of evening the playing field.”

When WNCN asked the Tillis camp to react to the latest attack ad on him, the campaign said, “Harry Reid and far-left liberals hit the panic button yesterday. They have given up on propping up Kay Hagan. And they know their only chance at victory is meddling in the Republican primary. It won’t work.”

One the top three Republican candidates will have to win 40 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff election.

Tillis is facing a crowded field of eight opponents including Greg Bannon, an OB-GYN from Cary, and Mark Harris, a minister from Charlotte.

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