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Brannon’s Senate campaign counting on Trump, Cruz, Carson, Paul voters

U.S. Senate Republican candidate Greg Brannon speaks with attendees following The Great Debate, a forum sponsored by the East Wake Republican Club at Hephzibah Baptist Church on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Wendell, N.C.
U.S. Senate Republican candidate Greg Brannon speaks with attendees following The Great Debate, a forum sponsored by the East Wake Republican Club at Hephzibah Baptist Church on Friday, April 11, 2014 in Wendell, N.C. jhknight@newsobserver.com

Cary obstetrician Greg Brannon admits he faces an uphill battle to beat incumbent Sen. Richard Burr in the March Republican primary, but he’s hoping the presidential primary will help him.

In a fundraising email Wednesday evening, Brannon writes that “there’s no doubt I will be outspent” by “the establishment's attack dogs.”

But Brannon suggests that his path to victory could come by attracting supporters of hard-right and outsider presidential candidates.

“On March 15 every Donald Trump, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson supporter will also head to the polls to cast their votes,” Brannon said. “Polls show these voters make up more than 60 percent of the GOP electorate in North Carolina.

“That means I don't have to match my opponent dollar-for-dollar. All I need to do is compete.”

Brannon, who lost to Thom Tillis in the 2014 Senate primary, is the best known of three Republican candidates seeking to unseat Burr.

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