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N.C. Senate - Tillis vs. Hagan vs. Haugh

Candidates

Kay Hagan

Kay Hagan (D)*

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Sean Haugh (L)

Sean Haugh (L)

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Thom Tillis

Thom Tillis (R)

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Polling Data

PollDateSampleMoEHagan (D)Haugh (L) Tillis (R)Spread
Final Results------47.33.749.0Tillis +1.7
RCP Average10/19 - 11/3----44.14.943.4Hagan +0.7
PPP (D)11/1 - 11/31333 LV2.746544Hagan +2
YouGov10/25 - 10/311727 LV3.044241Hagan +3
Civitas (R)10/29 - 10/30600 LV4.041641Tie
Harper (R)10/28 - 10/30511 LV4.344646Tillis +2
FOX News10/28 - 10/30909 LV3.043442Hagan +1
CNN/Opinion Research10/27 - 10/30559 LV4.048446Hagan +2
High Point/SurveyUSA10/21 - 10/25802 LV3.544544Tie
NBC News/Marist10/19 - 10/23756 LV3.643743Tie

All N.C. Senate - Tillis vs. Hagan vs. Haugh Polling Data

RCP Poll Average
N.C. Senate - Tillis vs. Hagan vs. Haugh
44.1Hagan (D)+0.7
43.4Tillis (R)
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Race Analysis

11/3/14 -- Both parties are claiming early voting was good for them, which is consistent with the overall take on the race: it is close.

10/28/14 -- Hagan's lead continues to trickle away. But with only a week to go until Election Day, she may well be able to run out the clock.

10/17/14 -- Tillis has clearly narrowed the gap here, now that the Republican ad blitz is underway. We’ll have to wait for more polling to determine whether he has the lead or not.

9/23/14 -- The Democratic ad blitz has clearly taken its toll on Tillis, although Hagan has seen only a modest improvement in her numbers and remains stuck at around 45 percent. Still, Tillis has some major image repair to do if he wants to win this race.

9/8/14 -- This race has been remarkably stable. The only real wild card is Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh, who has polled well and peeled off more ballots from Tillis than from Hagan. Third parties tend to fade down the stretch (except when they don’t), so we'd expect things to tilt back Tillis' way. But we really have no way of knowing for sure.

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Throughout its history, North Carolina has always had a substantial Republican presence in the northwest mountain area. The Democratic Party was split between progressives and conservatives, and as the national Democratic Party moved leftward, it created an opportunity for Republicans to fuse the more conservative Democrats with the Republican rump and create a majority.

Defense Impacts: An incumbent Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee seeks to defend her seat in a state with a large military population.

More on this race at RealClearDefense

Jesse Helms was the first Republican to succeed in bringing those conservatives into the GOP while, at the same time, northerners flocking to the Research Triangle Park brought an even more pronounced Republican bent to the state. For a while it looked like North Carolina would become a solidly red state.

But this didn’t happen, as moderate governors like Jim Hunt and Mike Easley kept some of the conservative Democrats in the fold, while suburbanites around RTP drifted toward the Democratic Party. In 2002, Elizabeth Dole successfully held Helms’ seat against Democrat Erskine Bowles. Dole was fairly quiet in the Senate, and drew what was thought to be a fairly mediocre opponent in state Sen. Kay Hagan. Dole led Hagan handily for much of 2008, often breaking 50 percent in the polls. But Hagan pulled close after the Democratic convention, and then broke the race open after the financial collapse. She led the Democratic ticket in the state, running ahead of both Barack Obama and gubernatorial candidate Bev Perdue.

Hagan herself has had a reasonably uneventful term. She faces two basic challenges. First, she has mostly backed the national Democratic agenda, and second, she can’t rely upon the surge in African-American turnout that accompanied Obama’s run for office and helped to propel her across the finish line. Democrats attempted to manipulate the Republican primary to increase the chances the GOP would elect a candidate who would implode, but voters nominated House Speaker Thom Tillis. He is the face of an unpopular legislature, but neither Obama nor Hagan is particularly popular in the state either. Polls show a tight race, but Hagan is below 45 percent, and is in deep trouble.

Polling Data

PollDateSampleMoEHagan (D)Haugh (L) Tillis (R)Spread
Final Results------47.33.749.0Tillis +1.7
RCP Average10/19 - 11/3----44.14.943.4Hagan +0.7
PPP (D)11/1 - 11/31333 LV2.746544Hagan +2
YouGov10/25 - 10/311727 LV3.044241Hagan +3
Civitas (R)10/29 - 10/30600 LV4.041641Tie
Harper (R)10/28 - 10/30511 LV4.344646Tillis +2
FOX News10/28 - 10/30909 LV3.043442Hagan +1
CNN/Opinion Research10/27 - 10/30559 LV4.048446Hagan +2
High Point/SurveyUSA10/21 - 10/25802 LV3.544544Tie
NBC News/Marist10/19 - 10/23756 LV3.643743Tie
CBS News/NYT/YouGov10/16 - 10/231910 LV4.044241Hagan +3
SurveyUSA10/16 - 10/20568 LV4.246643Hagan +3
PPP (D)10/16 - 10/18780 LV3.546543Hagan +3
Civitas (R)10/15 - 10/18600 RV4.041642Tillis +1
SurveyUSA10/9 - 10/12554 LV4.244741Hagan +3
High Point9/30 - 10/9584 LV4.140740Tie
USA Today/Suffolk10/4 - 10/7500 LV4.447445Hagan +2
NBC News/Marist9/27 - 10/1665 LV3.844740Hagan +4
CBS News/NYT/YouGov9/20 - 10/12002 LV3.046245Hagan +1
Civitas (R)9/25 - 9/28600 RV4.046441Hagan +5
CNN/Opinion Research9/22 - 9/25595 LV4.046743Hagan +3
High Point9/13 - 9/18410 LV5.042640Hagan +2
FOX News9/14 - 9/16605 LV4.041636Hagan +5
PPP (D)9/11 - 9/141266 LV2.844540Hagan +4
SurveyUSA/Civitas (R)9/9 - 9/10490 LV4.546543Hagan +3
American Insights (R)9/5 - 9/10459 LV4.646636Hagan +10
CBS News/NYT/YouGov8/18 - 9/22059 LV3.042543Tillis +1
USA Today/Suffolk8/16 - 8/19500 LV4.445543Hagan +2
PPP (D)8/14 - 8/17865 LV3.442838Hagan +4
Civitas (R)7/28 - 7/29600 RV4.042841Hagan +1
PPP (D)7/17 - 7/201062 RV3.041834Hagan +7
Civitas (R)6/18 - 6/22600 RV4.0441037Hagan +7
PPP (D)6/12 - 6/151076 RV3.0391134Hagan +5
Civitas (R)5/20 - 5/22600 RV4.0371041Tillis +4
PPP (D)5/9 - 5/11877 RV3.3381136Hagan +2