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Cal Cunningham admits to sending sexual texts to strategist

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham has admitted to sending sexual text messages to a California strategist who is not his wife.

Cunningham apologized late Friday for the text message exchanges in which he tells the woman he wants to kiss her and she says she wants to spend the night with him.

The messages were first reported by the website NationalFile.com.

Cunningham released the following statement:

“I have hurt my family, disappointed my friends, and am deeply sorry. The first step in repairing those relationships is taking complete responsibility, which I do. I ask that my family’s privacy be respected in this personal matter. I remain grateful and humbled by the ongoing support that North Carolinians have extended in this campaign, and in the remaining weeks before this election I will continue to work to earn the opportunity to fight for the people of our state.”

It’s unclear when the messages were sent, but at one point Cunningham says he’s “Nervous about the next 100 days,” which could be a reference to the election.

One hundred days before the election would be July 26.

Both Cunningham and the woman have spouses.

Earlier Friday, Cunningham’s opponent, Sen. Thom Tillis, confirmed he tested positive for COVID-19.

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