RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Republican U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon will soon know whether last week's North Carolina civil jury verdict against him inflicted serious damage on his electoral future. That's because the GOP primary is just 10 weeks away.

Jurors found the Cary obstetrician gave false or misleading information to potential investors of a now-defunct technology company, and he must pay more than $250,000. Brannon plans to appeal the verdict and says he was unfairly treated by the court.

Democratic consultant Brad Crone says there likely won't be enough time for Brannon to recover. Crone says potential voters are now wondering whether Brannon is trustworthy.

But many tea party supporters of Brannon are still backing him. UNC-Wilmington professor Jennifer Brubaker says Brannon's unfairness allegations may find empathy among his political base.

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