North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis and Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham is the most expensive race of its kind in the history of the United States.Not only is North Carolina a key battleground state in this year’s presidential race, voters may also ultimately decide which party will control the upper branch of Congress.Latest polls show it’s a very close race. Follow this link to learn what you need to know about North Carolina’s 2020 electionsThe issues driving the final weeks of the $200 million Senate race are coming down to whether voters care more about Cunningham’s sex scandal or Tillis’ record on health care. Tillis announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus on Oct. 2, after having attended a White House event in honor of Amy Coney Barrett. The same day, Cunningham, a married father of two and an officer in the Army Reserve who has centered his campaign on his character, was caught in a sexting scandal amid allegations of an extramarital relationship.Since then, Cunningham has avoided the media, not taking any questions from reporters. WXII 12 News requested an interview with Cunningham, but his campaign never responded. Download the FREE WXII 12 appUniversity of North Carolina Greensboro political scientist David Holian said Cunningham’s media blackout allows his opponent’s attack ads to drive the story. Holian said voters may see biased campaign ads as less damaging than hearing about a sex scandal on the news. On the other side of this race, Tillis faces tough questions about his record on health care. Tillis has repeatedly voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, threatening to eliminate coverage for millions of Americans in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. He denies claims that his vote to eliminate Obamacare would end coverage for pre-existing conditions. The North Carolina Republican said he cosponsored a bill to protect pre-existing conditions, but a senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundations told PolitiFact NC that the bill doesn’t prevent insurance companies from price gouging. “The language they used is riddled with loopholes that would continue to permit discriminatory rating practices,” senior fellow Karen Pollitz said.Democrats used health care to win seats in 2018, and it remains a key issue in the 2020 fight for control of the Senate. Cunningham and Tillis have very different political resumes. Tillis spent seven years in the North Carolina House of Representatives, three of them as speaker.He points to lower taxes and an improved business climate under his leadership.Critics said he also cut funding for education and prevented Medicaid expansion for the poor.Cunningham, on the other hand, has a slim resume.He served only a single two-year term in the North Carolina Legislature.He’s the last Democrat Davidson County sent to the Senate. Nearly a decade later, Cunningham returned to politics, making a run for U.S. Senate, losing the Democratic primary to Elaine Marshall.Now, another decade has past, and Cunningham’s back running for the U.S. Senate again.In an interview conducted before the sex scandal came to light, WXII 12 News reporter Bill O’Neil asked Cunningham why he’s returned to politics.”Our country is in a very fragile place right now,” he said. “We’re in a very unique place. We need leadership. I want to give and giving North Carolinians a choice.” See the up-to-the-minute North Carolina results for the election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020Holian noted that Tillis’ narrow victory over Kay Hagan six years ago gave Republicans control of the Senate.This year’s race could very well determine which party will control the Senate. WXII 12 News is committed to providing fair and balanced coverage of the 2020 United States Presidential election in North Carolina. Stay up-to-date with the latest on local, state and national political headlines by clicking here.