- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 8, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A retired North Carolina financier challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis in next year’s GOP primary says he’d stand with President Donald Trump on issues like cutting foreign aid and immigration.

Garland Tucker of Raleigh formally announced his candidacy Wednesday, two days after filing paperwork to create a campaign committee . Tucker’s campaign says he made the announcement on Sean Hannity’s national radio show.

A video on Tucker’s website highlights when Tillis initially said he’d oppose Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, only to ultimately vote for it. The ad says Tillis “flip-flopped.”

Tills’ campaign earlier this week labeled Tucker an “anti-Trump activist” with a long record of criticizing the president. In a September 2016 op-ed, Tucker acknowledged resisting Trump’s presidential nomination and criticized his personal history.

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