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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."<ref>[http://www.wral.com/senate-campaign-takes-shape-early/13089731/ ''WRAL.com,'' "Senate campaign takes shape early," November 10, 2013]</ref>
 
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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.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 28, 2014
May 6, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: North Carolina has a mixed primary system, in which parties decide who may vote, and they open the primary election to unaffiliated voters. They may choose which ballot they want to vote on without affecting their unaffiliated status.[1]

Voter registration: Pending

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

Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Declared candidates

Potential candidates

  • Republican Party Jim Cain - Ambassador to Denmark under George W. Bush[7]

Declined to run

Race background

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 it's poor implementation thus far, is likely to be a major issue that Hagan will have to overcome in order to win re-election.

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.[15]

Democrat Kay Hagan was "swept into office with the aid of presidential turnout in 2008."[15] This time around, there’s no presidential race above her on the ballot and turnout is expected to be down this time around.[15] Among the possible Republican candidates are North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis and Reps. Renee Ellmers, Patrick McHenry, Virginia Foxx, and George Holding.[15] Although recent polls show Hagan leading these potential challengers, her middling approval rating and the midterm dynamics make this race a toss-up.[15]

Washington Post 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. As of late 2013, Sen. Kay Hagan was already facing heat from the right. However, no clear Republican candidate had emerged.[16]

Polls

Kay Hagan vs. Greg Brannon
Poll Kay Hagan Greg BrannonNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (November 8-11, 2013)
43%44%14%+/-3.7701
Public Policy Polling (December 5-8, 2013)
43%45%11%+/-2.71,281
AVERAGES 43% 44.5% 12.5% +/-3.2 991
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 (November 8-11, 2013)
43%40%17%+/-3.7701
Public Policy Polling (December 5-8, 2013)
43%43%14%+/-2.71,281
AVERAGES 43% 41.5% 15.5% +/-3.2 991
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 (November 8-11, 2013)
43%41%16%+/-3.7701
Public Policy Polling (December 5-8, 2013)
43%43%14%+/-2.71,281
AVERAGES 43% 42% 15% +/-3.2 991
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 TillisNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (November 8-11, 2013)
44%42%14%+/-3.7701
Public Policy Polling (December 5-8, 2013)
44%42%14%+/-2.71,281
AVERAGES 44% 42% 14% +/-3.2 991
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


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

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."[17]

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 funds 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.[18] 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.[19]

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."[20]

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.[21]

Kay Hagan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2013$1,365,627.08$1,622,571.71$(279,822.20)$2,708,376
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2013$2,708,376.59$2,057,465.19$(584,754.52)$4,181,087.26
October Quarterly[24]October 15, 2013$4,181,087.26$1,848,077.98$(629,713.58)$5,399,451.66
Year-End Quarterly[25]December 31, 2013$5,399,451$1,788,454$(655,951)$6,815,279
April Quarterly[26]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.[27]

Thom Tillis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2013$0.00$277,922.08$(22,916.56)$255,005.52
October Quarterly[29]October 15, 2013$255,005.52$811,675.98$(227,964.43)$838,717.07
Year-End[30]April 15, 2014$838,717.07$714,326.17$(266,132.65)$1,286,910.59
April Quarterly[31]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[32]April 15, 2013$0.00$47,124.00$(28,167.14)$18,956.86
July Quarterly[33]July 24, 2013$17,956.86$71,054.58$(42,850.82)$46,160.62
October Quarterly[34]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

Senate Majority PAC spent close to $750,000 in December 2013 on an ad supporting Hagan's work to protect Medicare and Social Security.[35]


"Count on:" Ad supporting Kay Hagan

Opposing Kay Hagan

Americans for Prosperity spent $1.7 million to release an ad attacking Kay Hagan for her position on Obamacare.


Ad attacking Kay Hagan on Obamacare

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.[36]

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.[37]

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

  1. NC Election Connection, "Who Can Vote in Which Elections?" Accessed January 3, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Southern Political Report "North Carolina: GOPers Circling Around Hagan" Accessed May 23, 2013
  3. Associated Press "APNewsBreak: Tillis says he'll run for US Senate" Accessed June 3, 2013
  4. Gregbrannon.com "About," Accessed June 28, 2013
  5. ctpost.com, "NC minister Harris planning bid for US Senate," September 12, 2013
  6. Heather Grant Campaign website, accessed November 19, 2013
  7. Roll Call "Ambassador Eyeing Kay Hagan Challenge" Accessed May 20, 2013
  8. WRAL.com, "Brunstetter considering US Senate bid," September 18, 2013
  9. WRAL "Berry won't run for US Senate against Hagan" Accessed May 31, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 National Journal "N.C. Labor Commissioner Considering Run Against Hagan" Accessed June 24, 2013
  11. Roll Call "North Carolina: McHenry Won’t Run Against Hagan" Accessed June 24, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Renee Ellmers won’t run for Senate," July 30, 2013
  13. The Bellingham Herald, "US Rep Virginia Foxx won't enter US Senate race," August 20, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "Republican Phil Berger won’t challenge Sen. Kay Hagan", accessed September 23, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 Fiscal Times " 7 Senate Seats Most at Risk—Hint: They’re All Blue" Accessed February 15, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "The Fix’s top 10 Senate races of 2014," accessed December 10, 2013
  17. WRAL.com, "Senate campaign takes shape early," November 10, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. CNN Politics, "Biden campaigns for vulnerable Senate Democrat," November 15, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Kay Hagan Summary Report," accessed August 3, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Kay Hagan April Quarterly," accessed August 3, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Kay Hagan July Quarterly," accessed August 3, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Kay Hagan October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Kay Hagan Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Kay Hagan April Quarterly," accessed May 8, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Thom Tillis Summary Report," accessed May 8, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Thom Tillis July Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Thom Tillis October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Thom Tillis Year-End," accessed May 8, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Thom Tillis April Quarterly," accessed May 8, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Greg Brannon April Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Greg Brannon July Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Greg Brannon October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  35. Roll Call, "Democratic Super PAC Drops Major Buy in North Carolina," December 5, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013