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Vulnerable Hagan Raises $8.3M War Chest to Battle Kochs

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By Drew MacKenzie   |   Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 08:36 AM

Embattled Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan has amassed an $8.3 million campaign war chest for her tough battle in North Carolina against the likely Republican candidate, state House Speaker Thom Tillis.

Hagan raised $2.8 million in campaign funds for the first quarter of 2014, and now sits on a pile of cash as she potentially takes on Tillis, who is backed by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, according to the Washington Post.

Tillis, who North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory thinks has the best chance of beating Hagan, only raised $1.3 million in the first quarter of the year, and has the same amount in the bank.

Although Hagan is winning the fundraising war, the Republicans have been hammering the first-term senator with attack ads in the state, targeting her support of Obamacare and hurting her approval numbers.

The GOP has easily outspent the Democrats in the state through late March, with most of the cash coming from the Koch bothers’ group Americans for Prosperity, which has spent an estimated $7 million on the negative ads against Hagan, says the Post.

With Republicans hoping to gain at least six seats to take back the Senate, Hagan is seen as highly vulnerable, in large part because of her outspoken support of the troubled Affordable Care Act.

Hagan faces a tight race this fall no matter which one of her eight potential opponents wins the May 6 GOP primary, including Tillis’ closest competitor, tea party candidate Greg Brannon.

A recent opinion survey from Public Policy Polling showed that her possible GOP rivals are all within just two points of Hagan.

She is ahead of Tillis 45 to 43, Edward Kryn 43 to 41, and Heather Grant 43 to 42.

Hagan is tied with Brannon, Alex Lee Bradshaw, and Mark Harris at 43 points, and she is behind Jim Snyder 43 to 42, and Ted Alexander 45 to 43.

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