Former North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan says that she will not challenge Republican Sen. Richard Burr in 2016, two sources told Fox News.
Hagan was considered the strongest candidate
to challenge Burr, who is aiming to serve his third term as North Carolina's senior senator.
Democrats were hoping that Hagan would have a better chance of winning in 2016, after she lost in 2014, since Democrats typically have higher voter turnout during presidential elections.
According to Fox News, other possibilities for the Democrats in North Carolina include: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who is also the former mayor of Charlotte; state Treasurer Janet Cowell; University of North Carolina President Tom Ross; former NFL quarterback and Rep. Heath Shuler, and State Sen. Josh Stein.
In order to win the majority back in the Senate, Democrats will need to net five seats, if Republicans win the White House. If the Democrats keep the presidency, they will need a net four seats.
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