Thom Tillis

In this April 23, 2014, file photo, Republican senatorial candidate Thom Tillis responds during a televised debate at WRAL television studios in Raleigh, N.C. As Republicans try to win control of the Senate in the 2014 elections, they may be forced to confront runoffs in key states that could expose conservative-vs.-establishment rifts and allow relatively tiny numbers of voters to pick the nominees. Tillis hopes to capture at least 40 percent of the vote on Tuesday’s primary to avoid a mid-July runoff. Tillis, the GOP establishment’s preferred candidate, would rather focus on Sen. Kay Hagan, among the most targeted Senate Democrats seeking re-election this year.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, Pool)

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