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Draft Ben Carson PAC takes some credit for Tillis win

Among those attempting to take credit for Thom Tillis’ U.S. Senate win is the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee.

The political action committee, co-founded by Vernon Robinson, spent $312,000 on radio ads that targeted African American voters in North Carolina.

In a press release Robinson, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2004 and 2006, said: “Thanks to the efforts of the Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, Thom Tillis is now a U.S. senator-elect – an important step towards taking the country back.”

Robinson also said that after the ads, Tillis’ polling among minority voters was as high as 8 percent. A CNN exit poll suggests that Tillis got 3 percent of the African American vote compared with 96 percent for Sen. Kay Hagan.

Carson is a retired African-American neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital who has been named as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016.