United States Senate elections in North Carolina, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in North Carolina

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 6, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Kay Hagan Democratic Party
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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in North Carolina will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Given close numbers in the general election polls and incumbent Kay Hagan's support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which remains unpopular in North Carolina, Republicans view Hagan's seat as vulnerable.[1] Because of this potential opportunity, Republicans from various backgrounds and ideologies stepped forward to compete for the Republican nomination, which made this a hotly contested primary. Despite a late surge for tea party favorite Greg Brannon, Republican primary polls had Thom Tillis, the Republican establishment favorite, in the lead throughout the race. Tillis received over 45 percent of the primary vote.[1] General election polls show Hagan and Tillis very closely matched, with Hagan maintaining a slight edge, but neither candidate arising as the definitive winner. Moreover, Libertarian Sean Haugh has consistently received about 10 percent in the polls, an abnormally high amount for a third party candidate, and he may pose a threat to Tillis by splitting the conservative vote.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 28, 2014
May 6, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: North Carolina is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote, and they opened the primary election to unaffiliated voters. They may choose which ballot they want to vote on without affecting their unaffiliated status.[2] If the winner of the primary fails to obtain 40 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will go into a runoff primary, which would take place on July 15, 2014.[3]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 11, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 10, 2014 (25 days before the day the election).[4]

See also: North Carolina elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Kay Hagan (D). Hagan was first elected in 2008.

Candidates

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party Candidates

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Primary results

U.S. Senate, North Carolina Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThom Tillis 45.7% 223,174
Greg Brannon 27.1% 132,630
Mark Harris 17.5% 85,727
Heather Grant 4.7% 22,971
Jim Snyder 1.9% 9,414
Ted Alexander 1.9% 9,258
Alex Bradshaw 0.7% 3,528
Edward Kryn 0.4% 1,853
Total Votes 488,555
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections
U.S. Senate, North Carolina Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKay Hagan Incumbent 77.2% 372,209
Will Stewart 13.9% 66,903
Ernest Reeves 9% 43,257
Total Votes 482,369
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections
U.S. Senate, North Carolina Libertarian Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSean Haugh 60.7% 1,226
Tim D'Annunzio 39.3% 794
Total Votes 2,020
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections

Race background

Vulnerable incumbent

Incumbent Kay Hagan is a Democratic senator in a red state, making her seat one of the most vulnerable in 2014. The unpopularity of President Obama's healthcare mandate, combined with an unfavorable opinion of its implementation thus far, is likely to be a major issue that Hagan will have to overcome in order to win re-election. Close numbers in the general election polls confirm suspicions that this will be a close race.

Splitting the Republican vote

Libertarian Sean Haugh may not have enough support to win the general election against Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis, but for a third party candidate, he has been doing remarkably well in the polls. His increasing involvement has been worrying many Republicans, who fear that he might be siphoning votes away from Tillis and increasing Hagan's chances of winning the Senate seat in November. Although Haugh does not have anywhere near the cash on hand of Hagan or Tillis, he has been staying active by creating YouTube videos and asking for Bitcoin donations.[25]

Hagan's tactics

Leading up to the May 6 primary, Kay Hagan sent out mailers to Republican voters which stated that Thom Tillis supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, informally known as Obamacare. According to Hagan, Tillis declared Obamacare to be “a great idea."[26] Although Hagan fully supports the healthcare law, by attacking Tillis, she hoped to draw votes away from Tillis and increase the chances of a runoff for the Republican primary. With the Republicans' campaign funds tied up for the runoff, Hagan would have been free to save up money for the general election in November. Tillis defended his comments by saying that Hagan took them out of context, as he had only sarcastically stated that Obamacare was a “great idea that can’t be paid for."[26]

Republican primary

Despite the hype that surrounded the Republican primary, Thom Tillis defeated his closest competitor, Greg Brannon, by a margin of victory of over 18 percentage points.

Primary background

With a reasonable chance of adding a Republican senate seat, eight Republicans joined in the race for the Republican nomination in this hotly contested primary. Based on most Republican primary polls, Thom Tillis had a substantial lead in the weeks leading up to the primary, and he had a monetary advantage over the other Republican candidates. Nonetheless, Greg Brannon was a tea party favorite and Mark Harris, a Baptist pastor, had the support of many conservative Christians. Tillis needed to win at least 40 percent of the total votes in order to avoid facing the runner-up in a runoff primary on July 15, 2014. Tillis easily crossed that threshold with over 45 percent of the vote.[1]

National conservatives and Republicans entered the fray of the Republican primary in North Carolina. Groups such as American Crossroads, which is affiliated with Karl Rove, worked aggressively to secure the nomination for Thom Tillis. Meanwhile, Rand Paul announced that he would campaign for Greg Brannon in the last crucial week before the early May primary.[27]

Tillis in legislative session

As an active member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Thom Tillis' time has been divided between legislative session and the campaign trail, which may be hurting him in the polls. The president of Public Policy Polling stated, "Kay Hagan’s lead over Thom Tillis has tended to grow whenever the legislature is in session."[28] This trend may be occurring due to voter dissatisfaction with the General Assembly, or it may have more to do with Tillis having less time to spend campaigning. Tillis would tend to agree more with the latter than the former, as he hypothesized, "I don’t believe it’s had any meaningful impact on where I am in polls, simply because most people don’t follow the legislature." Instead, Tillis attributes his slipping numbers in the polls to the numerous attack ads put out by Hagan and her supporters.[28]

Race ratings

Most vulnerable seats

The FiscalTimes compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by Democrats.[29]

Democrat Kay Hagan was "swept into office with the aid of presidential turnout in 2008."[29] This time around, there’s no presidential race above her on the ballot and turnout is expected to be down this time around.[29] Among the possible Republican candidates are North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis and Reps. Renee Ellmers, Patrick McHenry, Virginia Foxx, and George Holding.[29] Although recent polls show Hagan leading these potential challengers, her middling approval rating and the midterm dynamics make this race a toss-up.[29]

WaPo top 10 races

According to an analysis by The Washington Post, the U.S. Senate election in North Carolina is considered one of the top 10 Senate races of 2014. Sen. Kay Hagan has faced strong criticism throughout the election cycle from the right over the issue of the Affordable Care Act[30]

Polls

General election polls

General election candidates
Poll Kay Hagan Thom TillisSean HaughUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Civitas Institute (June 18-19 and June 22, 2014)
42%36%9%12%+/-4600
Public Policy Polling (June 12-15, 2014)
39%34%11%16%+/-3.01,076
Civitas Institute (May 20-22, 2014)
36%39%8%15%+/-4600
Public Policy Polling (May 9-11, 2014)
38%36%11%15%+/-3.3877
AVERAGES 38.75% 36.25% 9.75% 14.5% +/-3.58 788.25
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Kay Hagan vs. Thom Tillis
Poll Kay Hagan Thom TillisOther candidate/Not sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Civitas Institute (June 18-19 and June 22, 2014)
47%43%9%+/-4600
Civitas Institute (May 20-22, 2014)
41%46%12%+/-4600
Public Policy Polling (May 9-11, 2014)
41%41%18%+/-3.3877
Rasmussen Reports (May 7-8, 2014)
44%45%12%+/-4750
The New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation (April 8-15, 2014)[31]
42%40%19%+/-4900
Public Policy Polling (April 3-6, 2014)
43%41%16%+/-3.6740
Survey USA (March 27-31, 2014)
45%46%9%+/-2.61,489
Public Policy Polling (March 6-9, 2014)
44%43%13%+/-3.3884
Hickman Analytics (February 17-20, 2014)
45%41%14%+/-4.9400
Public Policy Polling (December 5-8, 2013)
44%42%14%+/-2.71,281
Public Policy Polling (November 8-11, 2013)
44%42%14%+/-3.7701
AVERAGES 43.64% 42.73% 13.64% +/-3.65 838.36
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Kay Hagan vs. Greg Brannon
Poll Kay Hagan Greg BrannonNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
The New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation (April 8-15, 2014)[31]
41%39%21%+/-4900
Public Policy Polling (April 3-6, 2014)
40%42%18%+/-3.6740
Survey USA (March 27-31, 2014)
45%47%9%+/-2.61,489
Public Policy Polling (March 6-9, 2014)
43%43%14%+/-3.3884
Public Policy Polling (December 5-8, 2013)
43%45%11%+/-2.71,281
Public Policy Polling (November 8-11, 2013)
43%44%14%+/-3.7701
AVERAGES 42.5% 43.33% 14.5% +/-3.32 999.17
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Kay Hagan vs. Heather Grant
Poll Kay Hagan Heather GrantNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (April 3-6, 2014)
39%43%19%+/-3.6740
Survey USA (March 27-31, 2014)
44%46%10%+/-2.61,489
Public Policy Polling (March 6-9, 2014)
43%42%15%+/-3.3884
Public Policy Polling (December 5-8, 2013)
43%43%14%+/-2.71,281
Public Policy Polling (November 8-11, 2013)
43%40%17%+/-3.7701
AVERAGES 42.4% 42.8% 15% +/-3.18 1,019
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Kay Hagan vs. Mark Harris
Poll Kay Hagan Mark HarrisNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (April 3-6, 2014)
40%44%17%+/-3.6740
Survey USA (March 27-31, 2014)
43%47%10%+/-2.61,489
Public Policy Polling (March 6-9, 2014)
43%43%14%+/-3.3884
Public Policy Polling (December 5-8, 2013)
43%43%14%+/-2.71,281
Public Policy Polling (November 8-11, 2013)
43%41%16%+/-3.7701
AVERAGES 42.4% 43.6% 14.2% +/-3.18 1,019
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Kay Hagan vs. Alex Bradshaw
Poll Kay Hagan Alex BradshawNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (April 3-6, 2014)
41%42%17%+/-3.6740
Public Policy Polling (March 6-9, 2014)
43%43%14%+/-3.3884
AVERAGES 42% 42.5% 15.5% +/-3.45 812
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Kay Hagan vs. Edward Kryn
Poll Kay Hagan Edward KrynNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (April 3-6, 2014)
40%41%19%+/-3.6740
Public Policy Polling (March 6-9, 2014)
43%41%16%+/-3.3884
AVERAGES 41.5% 41% 17.5% +/-3.45 812
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Kay Hagan vs. Jim Snyder
Poll Kay Hagan Jim SnyderNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (April 3-6, 2014)
41%41%18%+/-3.6740
Public Policy Polling (March 6-9, 2014)
42%43%16%+/-3.3884
AVERAGES 41.5% 42% 17% +/-3.45 812
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Kay Hagan vs. Ted Alexander
Poll Kay Hagan Ted AlexanderNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (April 3-6, 2014)
42%43%15%+/-3.6740
Survey USA (March 27-31, 2014)
44%46%10%+/-2.61,489
Public Policy Polling (March 6-9, 2014)
43%45%12%+/-3.3884
AVERAGES 43% 44.67% 12.33% +/-3.17 1,037.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Hagan vs. potential Republican primary candidates
Poll Kay Hagan Cherie BerryPhil BergerRenee EllmersGreg BrannonThom TillisJim CainMark HarrisLynn WheelerMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
May 17-20, 2013
15%14%10%10%7%6%4%3%3%+/-4.4500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Republican primary polls

Republican primary candidates
Poll Thom Tillis Greg BrannonHeather GrantTed AlexanderMark HarrisAlex BradshawJim SnyderEdward KrynUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (May 3-4, 2014)
40%28%4%2%15%0%1%1%11%+/-3.2925
Public Policy Polling (April 26-28, 2014)
46%20%5%2%11%1%3%2%12%+/-3.7694
Public Policy Polling (April 3-6, 2014)
18%15%7%6%11%5%2%1%34%+/-5.5314
Survey USA (March 27-31, 2014)
23%15%6%6%11%1%3%2%34%+/-4.8433
Survey USA (March 17-19, 2014)
28%15%11%7%6%4%4%3%23%+/-5405
AVERAGES 31% 18.6% 6.6% 4.6% 10.8% 2.2% 2.6% 1.8% 22.8% +/-4.44 554.2
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Republican primary candidates
Poll Greg Brannon Heather GrantMark HarrisThom TillisNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (November 8-11, 2013)
11%8%14%20%47%+/-4.4498
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Republican primary candidates
Poll Thom Tillis Greg BrannonMark HarrisNone/Other/No OneDon’t KnowRefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Civitas Institute (April 19-22, 2014)
27%13%16%13%30%1%+/-4.0600
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Thom Tillis vs. Greg Brannon
Poll Thom Tillis Greg BrannonNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (May 3-4, 2014)
46%40%14%+/-3.2925
Public Policy Polling (April 26-28, 2014)
50%32%18%+/-3.7694
AVERAGES 48% 36% 16% +/-3.45 809.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Thom Tillis vs. Mark Harris
Poll Thom Tillis Mark HarrisNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (May 3-4, 2014)
49%34%16%+/-3.2925
Public Policy Polling (April 26-28, 2014)
53%27%20%+/-3.7694
AVERAGES 51% 30.5% 18% +/-3.45 809.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Issues

Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act is likely to be one of the biggest issues in this race. Incumbent Kay Hagan has defended her stance on the issue from attacks from groups such as Americans for Prosperity and the state's Republican Party. Hagan was asked about reported issues where some people with individual policies have had them canceled due to the Affordable Care Act. She responded, "People were told they would be able to keep their plans if they liked them, and I am co-sponsoring a bill to ensure that that happens."[32]

Government shutdown

Kay Hagan

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[33] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Kay Hagan voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[34]

Endorsements

Kay Hagan

Hagan was endorsed by Vice President Joe Biden, who campaigned for her in November 2013. He praised her as being able to work with Republicans, saying "The only way to break through this gridlock is with people who can earn the trust of people on the other team. That's why she's so valuable."[35]

Republican candidates

North Carolina Senate Republican Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Thom Tillis Greg Brannon Mark Harris Heather Grant Ted Alexander Edward Kryn Jim Snyder
Rand Paul October 16, 2013
Mitch McConnell December 9, 2013
Mike Huckabee January 16, 2014
FreedomWorks February 4, 2014
The National Organization for Marriage February 19, 2014
GOPAC February 19, 2014
Mike Lee March 6, 2014
American Crossroads and Karl Rove April 1, 2014
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce April 8, 2014
The National Rifle Association April 15, 2014
National Right to Life April 25, 2014
Pat McCrory April 29, 2014
Jeb Bush April 30, 2014
Mitt Romney May 5, 2014

Campaign contributions

Candidate Ballot Access
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Kay Hagan

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hagan’s reports.[36]

Kay Hagan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$1,365,627.08$1,622,571.71$(279,822.20)$2,708,376
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$2,708,376.59$2,057,465.19$(584,754.52)$4,181,087.26
October Quarterly[39]October 15, 2013$4,181,087.26$1,848,077.98$(629,713.58)$5,399,451.66
Year-End Quarterly[40]December 31, 2013$5,399,451$1,788,454$(655,951)$6,815,279
April Quarterly[41]April 14, 2014$6,815,244.25$2,802,157.60$(1,116,329.62)$8,501,072.23
Running totals
$10,118,726.48$(3,266,570.92)

Thom Tillis

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Tillis' reports.[42]

Thom Tillis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[43]July 15, 2013$0.00$277,922.08$(22,916.56)$255,005.52
October Quarterly[44]October 15, 2013$255,005.52$811,675.98$(227,964.43)$838,717.07
Year-End[45]April 15, 2014$838,717.07$714,326.17$(266,132.65)$1,286,910.59
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2014$1,286,910.59$1,308,066.86$(1,272,540.04)$1,322,437.41
Running totals
$3,111,991.09$(1,789,553.68)

Greg Brannon

Greg Brannon (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2013$0.00$47,124.00$(28,167.14)$18,956.86
July Quarterly[48]July 24, 2013$17,956.86$71,054.58$(42,850.82)$46,160.62
October Quarterly[49]October 15, 2013$41,001.62$155,743.02$(91,481.88)$105,262.76
Running totals
$273,921.6$(162,499.84)

Media

Supporting Kay Hagan

  • The Senate Majority PAC spent close to $750,000 in December 2013 on an ad supporting Hagan's work to protect Medicare and Social Security.[50]
  • As part of a $3 million offensive effort against the billionaire Koch brothers in early 2014, the Senate Majority PAC released "Bracket" on March 26, 2014.[51]
    • The ad was March Madness-themed, and alleged that while Hagan challenger Thom Tillis (R) had been Speaker of the North Carolina House, he backed tax cuts for the wealthy, and would support a plan if elected to the Senate to “end Medicare as we know it.”[51]

"Count on:" Ad supporting Kay Hagan

Senate Majority PAC's March 2014 ad, "Bracket."

Opposing Kay Hagan

  • Crossroads GPS released a campaign ad in May 2014 accusing Hagan of lying about Obamacare.[52]
  • Generation Opportunity released a campaign ad against Hagan in June 2014 geared toward college graduates.[53]

Ad attacking Kay Hagan on Obamacare

Crossroads GPS ad attacking Kay Hagan on Obamacare

Generation Opportunity ad attacking Hagan on spending and Obamacare

Opposing Thom Tillis

  • The Senate Majority PAC spent $850,000 to run an attack ad on Republican primary winner Thom Tillis over a span of two weeks. They recorded the narrator of the ad at Tillis' own victory party.[54]

Senate Majority PAC ad attacking Tillis

Sean Haugh

  • Without much campaign funding, Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh does not have the means of producing cable television ads. However, he has released a series of YouTube videos.[55]

Haugh explains why he is running for U.S. Senate

Election history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Richard Burr (R) won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Elaine Marshall (D) and Michael Beitler (L) in the general election.[56]

U.S. Senate, North Carolina General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Burr incumbent 54.8% 1,458,046
     Democratic Elaine Marshall 43% 1,145,074
     Libertarian Michael Beitler 2.1% 55,687
     N/A Write-in 0% 1,272
Total Votes 2,660,079

2008

On November 4, 2008, Kay Hagan (D) won election to the United States Senate. She defeated Elizabeth Dole (R) and Christopher Cole (L) in the general election.[57]

U.S. Senate, North Carolina General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKay Hagan 52.7% 2,249,311
     Republican Elizabeth Dole 44.2% 1,887,510
     Libertarian Christopher Cole 3.1% 133,430
     N/A Write-in 0% 1,719
Total Votes 4,271,970
Source: [1]

See also

External links

References

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