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WASHINGTON — Even in an election year dominated by a deadly pandemic and President Trump’s chaotic first term, Democrats in North Carolina are talking, unceasingly, about drug prices.

In a brutal series of attack ads, Democrats have painted incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis, a Republican, as a pro-pharma shill, even calling him “pharma’s favorite senator.” They’ve highlighted his status as a leading recipient of drug industry campaign cash and his recent opposition to a GOP-backed drug pricing bill. His Democratic opponent, Cal Cunningham, has highlighted Tillis’ drug pricing record throughout each of the campaign’s three debates.

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