Under the Dome

Rand Paul to campaign for Greg Brannon in North Carolina

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will travel to North Carolina on Monday to give U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon a last-minute boost.

The Charlotte rally with Paul, a 2016 presidential contender and national tea party figure, comes a day before the Tuesday primary vote. Paul endorsed Brannon in October and attended a campaign fundraiser in March.

But he had yet to campaign for Brannon in North Carolina. His late entry suggests the Paul and Brannon camps thinks the race is closer than recent polls suggest, otherwise Paul likely wouldn’t make the trip.

“I think it’s pretty close there actually, and there’s a chance we can help him enough to push him over the top,” Paul told Politico on Wednesday in Washington.

Brannon announced the event Wednesday on Twitter under the banner “big news.” No further details were available. “Senator Paul’s visit will be a tremendous boost to our campaign’s momentum the day before the May 6 Primary,” Brannon said in an email to supporters.

On Twitter, Paul’s account later sent out a link to a video of James Taylor’s “Carolina on My Mind,” saying “a little travel music for next week.”