Incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is trying to hold on in this conservative-leaning state.
Recent polling suggests Hagan holding a small but consistent lead against her Republican rival, House Speaker Tom Tillis. A new CNN/ORC survey shows Hagan ahead by three points. She has repeatedly criticized Tillis on cuts to education spending, his support for a constitutional personhood amendment and for pushing a photo voter ID law in his state. In recent weeks, Tillis has launched attack ads on Hagan, accusing her of staying mum on ISIS and missing meetings of the Senate Armed Services Committee, of which she is a member.
Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh (a pizza delivery man) could shake up the race. Strategists believe he could siphon votes from Tillis and essentially help hand Hagan a win.
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