- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR champion Richard Petty says U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis is a winner and leader and will work for North Carolina families and jobs if he is elected.

Petty vouches for the Republican candidate in a new television ad starting Tuesday and paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. A chamber spokesman says the commercial is running for two weeks on broadcast and cable stations statewide. The spokesman would not say how much the ad buy costs except to say it’s at least $1 million.

Petty has been a frequent supporter of Republican candidates and ran for North Carolina Secretary of State in 1996.

The ad features Petty with his signature hat and sunglasses standing next to his famous “43” stock car.


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