As the filing deadline for the GOP Senate primary ballot approaches on Feb. 28, one more player is tossing his piece to the political game board.
With Edward Kryn, the former physician and political rookie, the number of players ticks up to seven.
Kryn, who added his name Tuesday, moved to the United States from Canada 17 years ago. He said his familiarity with medical systems in the U.S. and Canada will give him an edge to compensate for his lack of political experience.
Republican Thom Tillis is the GOP favorite to unseat Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., in the November general election, according to a recent poll by Public Policy Polling, a left-leaning agency in Raleigh.
Tillis and Hagan are nearly tied at 43-42, according to the poll .
Rob Schofield, policy director at left-leaning N.C. Policy Watch, said it is too early to make an accurate prediction, but he leans toward Hagan winning.
“I actually think she’ll win,” he said. “I think, ultimately, all of the candidates running against her have huge problems. I don’t think anybody takes them terribly seriously.”
Other GOP candidates, including Kryn, Mark Harris, Greg Brannon, Bill Flynn, Ted Alexander and Heather Grant, seek to appeal to far-right Republicans, said analyst Mitch Kokai from the right-leaning John Locke Foundation.
“The other candidates have been really getting their support from other sectors — Tea Party, social conservatives, people who might look at Tillis and not be so excited,” he said.