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Poll: Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis Tied in NC Senate Race

By    |   Monday, 13 Oct 2014 05:40 PM

The crucial Senate race in North Carolina is dead even between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis, a new poll finds.

A High Point University survey has both candidates receiving 40 percent of the vote ahead of next month's midterm elections. Republicans need to gain six seats to seize control of the Senate. The race in North Carolina could prove decisive for the GOP should Tillis eek out a victory.

Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh received 7 percent of the voters' support in the latest poll.

Last month, the university found that Hagan held a 42 percent to 40 percent lead over Tillis.

Another poll, conducted last week by Suffolk University/USA Today, showed Hagan leading Tillis by less than 2 percentage points, 46.8 percent to 45.4 percent.

Tillis, 54, has served as speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives since 2011 after first being elected in 2007. He earned the Republican nomination by winning the May primary.

Hagan, who sits on the Armed Services Committee and also chairs the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, was criticized last week when she acknowledged skipping a classified Senate briefing on the Islamic State (ISIS) to attend a fundraiser in New York City. That fundraiser was charging attendees up to $5,200 each.

Hagan first took office in the Senate in 2009.

The High Point University poll also gauged approval for Hagan and President Barack Obama. Fifty-five percent did not approve of the way Obama is handling his job, while 54 percent felt the same way about Hagan.

Only 19 percent of North Carolina voters felt the country is heading in the right direction.

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