Newly obtained texts provide both a more specific timeline about their relationship as well as details that describe intimate encounters.
RALEIGH, N.C. — A race in North Carolina critical to control of the U.S. Senate has been thrown into turmoil over allegations of personal misconduct by Democrat Cal Cunningham, a married man who had an extramarital relationship with a consultant.
Previously undisclosed text messages obtained by The Associated Press and additional interviews show that the relationship extended beyond suggestive texts to an intimate encounter as recently as July.
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Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, and the contest between Cunningham and Republican Sen. Thom Tillis has been among the most-watched in the country, with polls showing a tight race and both parties investing heavily in the outcome.
Cunningham’s personal indiscretion offers a fresh test of whether voters will