The Democratic Candidate for the Senate in North Carolina, Cal Cunningham, says he will stay in the race after he confessed to sending sexual texts to a … All eyes are on North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham after he reportedly pulled out of a town hall event on Monday following the … "I have hurt my family, disappointed my friends, and am deeply sorry," the Democratic candidate said in a statement this week. After a virtual event on Friday in which he sharply criticized Tillis for Congress' failure to pass additional coronavirus relief, Cunningham repeatedly declined to answer questions from the press about whether he had engaged in affairs with other women. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. "I have hurt my family, disappointed my friends, and am deeply sorry. 2020 Copyright © Cal for NC. All market data delayed 20 minutes. Hopefully he will win — and we will have a better alternative next time around.". In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham is seen ... [+] during an interview in Raleigh, N.C. Most definitely," said Case, who also supported Cunningham's opponent Erica Smith in the Democratic primary. I ask that my family’s privacy be respected in this personal matter. The messages were first reported by National File. Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. or redistributed. Cunningham, who has led in polls throughout the summer and raked in a record-setting $28.3 million in donations over the past three months, apologized Friday for the romantic text messages that he sent. "This unfolding episode destroys the foundation of Cunningham's campaign by demonstrating that he cannot be trusted at any level," he added. I would enjoy that. 2020 Copyright © Cal for NC. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. Guzman Todd said she and Cunningham were intimate at his home, which she called “weird,” according to the report. "Throughout this election, Senator Tillis has trailed in the polls because of his failed record of trying to take health care protections away from 1.7 million North Carolinians with pre-existing conditions, rewarding his corporate special interest donors while working families get left further behind, and colossally botching the response to this pandemic," said Cunningham spokeswoman Rachel Petri in a statement. The first step in repairing those relationships is taking complete responsibility, which I do," Cunningham said in a statement. Read More Cal 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. Guzman Todd did not respond to multiple calls for comment. Tillis, and the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC affiliated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, quickly launched television ads attacking Cunningham for his indiscretion after reports of text messages indicated he engaged in a sexual relationship with public relations strategist Arlene Guzman Todd. 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 Senate election. "The first step in repairing those relationships is taking complete responsibility, which I do. Four years ago, Trump won the state by less than four points. In North Carolina, the question is whether Cunningham's personal scandal is enough to give Tillis a late boost. reads a screengrab of a Facebook comment written by Erin Brinkman that was published by NationalFile.com on Monday. They want somebody focused on them.". "He tried to present himself as the Andy Griffith of North Carolina," Shumaker said. “He’s been having an affair with a good friend of mine since 2012. Fox News' inquiry to the North Carolina Democratic Party was also not immediately returned. A new SurveyUSA poll in North Carolina finds Cal Cunningham (D) leading Sen. Thom Tillis (R) in the U.S. Senate race by 10 points, 49% to 39%.Cunningham … Before coming to Forbes I covered breaking news, police and crime for The New York Post and freelanced for The Washington Post.