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Tillis, Cunningham to meet in UNC discussion of friendships across the political divide

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and former N.C. State Senator Cal Cunningham, a Democrat, will meet this evening as part of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Abbey Speaker series.

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and former Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham will discuss building and maintaining friendships across the political divide.

The event, to be held at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center and livestreamed on Zoom, will focus on building and maintaining friendships across the political divide.

Cunningham challenged Tillis for his U.S. Senate seat in 2020 but failed in the wake of a sex scandal in which text messages revealed he carried on an extramarital affair while campaigning for office. The contest was then the most expensive in U.S. history, with campaigns and outside groups spending more than $280 million as the outcome helped decide control of the U.S. Senate.

Cunningham kept a low profile as the scandal erupted around him in October, which political observers said contributed to his loss. He has since remained relatively low-profile.

The discussion, co-sponsored by the UNC Institute of Politics. will be moderated by Sarah Treul Roberts, professor of Political Science and faculty director of UNC’s Program for Public Discourse.

Those interested in registering for the Tillis/Cunningham discussion  can do so here.

More information on upcoming events as part of the Abbey Speaker Series and Program for Public Discourse here.

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