PPP: Democrat Hagan Leads in Re-Election Bid

Image: PPP: Democrat Hagan Leads in Re-Election Bid Sen. Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis

Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 05:00 PM

By Lisa Degnen

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A new poll says incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan is leading by 5 points in her Senate re-election bid.

Left-leaning Public Policy Polling says Hagan is 5 percentage points ahead of her Republican challenger, Thom Tillis for the Senate seat in North Carolina.

PPP says Hagan commands 39 percent of the vote, Tillis has 34 percent, and Libertarian Sean Haugh trails both with 11 percent.

The report concedes that Hagan's new lead may be in part because the General Assembly is currently in session and Thom Tillis, as House Speaker, is in charge. The poll says that "only 18 percent of voters approve of the job the General Assembly is doing to 54 percent who disapprove."

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Perhaps as an extension of that, Tillis has just a 23 percent favorability rating, with 45 percent of voters rating him unfavorably."

One of the issues at stake in the state is how to fund teachers' raises, with Republicans favoring creating revenue through lottery sales or cutting teaching assistants. But the poll says 55 percent would prefer getting that money by raising taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year.

But it's not all good news for first-term senator Hagan, the report says: 46 percent of those polled said they disapprove of her, and many see her as aligned with President Barack Obama, who continues to be unpopular in the state with only a 41 percent approval rating.

In February, Politico said Republicans need at least six seats to win back the Senate.

"North Carolina has emerged as one of their best shots, with Hagan vulnerable from the onslaught of televised attacks over her support for Obamacare and with the state showing big swings in public opinion since Obama won the state six years ago," Politico says.

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