That changed with this story in the Washington Times.
Thom Tillis Senate bid imperiled by tea party toll-road disdain -Washington Times
We first reported on this issue possibility impacting this national election over a year ago.
The Electoral Politics of Widening I77 -June 2013
The anti-toll group WidenI77 has been ramping up their efforts lately sending out a fundraising letter for a possible legal challenge as well as becoming a more visible presence around the area with signs and protests.
More on this story here later this week.
As election day nears it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.