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.