Positive COVID Test, Alleged Sexting Scandal Roil Important NC Senate Race

Headline Roundup October 9th, 2020

In the midst of a key Senate race, Republican Sen. Thom Tillis tested positive for the coronavirus, and Democratic candidate Cal Cunningham apologized for a sexting scandal. The Senate race in North Carolina is one of several key states that have the potential to determine which party controls the Senate. Tillis revealed last Friday that he tested positive after attending Amy Coney-Barrett's Supreme Court nomination; the same day, it was revealed Cunningham sent suggestive texts to married Democratic strategist Arlene Guzman Todd. Both Todd and Cunningham have apologized for the scandal, but Cunningham has not said he would drop out of the race. On Fox News on Tuesday morning, Tillis called in demanding a full explanation from Cunningham. On Wednesday, Todd's husband, army veteran Jeremy Todd, called for Cunningham to drop out of the Senate race.

Coverage from left- and center-rated outlets tended to frame both candidates' news as "scandals"; some left-rated outlets also highlighted the fact that Tillis was photographed with President Trump at Barrett's nomination. Coverage from right-rated outlets tended to highlight calls for Cunningham to drop out of the race.

Positive COVID Test, Alleged Sexting Scandal Roil Important NC Senate Race

From the Left
316

On Thursday night, Sen. Thom Tillis (R) and Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham bumped elbows at their final debate in the contentious North Carolina race that could determine which party controls the Senate.

Not 24 hours later, both candidates’ lives — and possibly the fate of the upper chamber — were upended, as Tillis tested positive for the novel coronavirus and Cunningham acknowledged sending illicit texts to a woman who is not his wife.

Now, both men are in their homes, one self-isolating and the other dodging reporters asking about those...

Read full story
From the Center
316

A personal scandal has reshaped the pivotal Senate contest in North Carolina, as Republicans ramp up their criticism of Democratic candidate Cal Cunningham and Democrats try to manage the fallout in a race that had been leaning his way.

Mr. Cunningham, who is married, apologized for the flirtatious and sexually suggestive text messages he exchanged with a public-relations strategist soon after they emerged last week.

The strategist, Arlene Guzman Todd, said this week in a statement to the Associated Press that her relationship with Mr. Cunningham “spanned several months and...

Read full story
From the Right
316

The wounded warrior husband of Cal Cunningham’s mistress has called for the North Carolina Senate hopeful to drop out of the race, after the revelation that his wife had an affair with the candidate, according to a report.

Army veteran Jeremy Todd, who served in the Army for 19 years and injured his spine during a paratrooper training jump at Fort Bragg, called for Cunningham to exit the race after his public relations executive wife, Arlene Guzman Todd, admitted to having an affair with Cunningham, who is also an Army...

Read full story

Try the New AllSides Mobile App

The only news app you’ll ever need. Now available on iOS. Android version coming soon.