Slash-and-burn strategy puts N.C. Senate race in dead heat

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Though recent polls show Sen. John McCain moving North Carolina back into the “lean Republican” column, the Tar Heel State is showing its battleground purple in the race for U.S. Senate between incumbent Republican Elizabeth Dole and State Sen. Kay Hagan.

According to a new poll by Insider Advantage, the race has become a dead heat. This should come as a cold splash of water to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has targeted this race as one of its must-haves along with the Schaffer-Udall race in Colorado.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina’s Senate race is suddenly one of the hottest in the country, with a new poll out today showing Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole and Democratic challenger Kay Hagan in a dead heat.

The InsiderAdvantage/Poll Position poll released today shows Dole and Hagan both just below 40 percent each, with nearly 14 percent undecided. It’s not clear yet if this is an outlier poll — Other polls have shown Dole up by anywhere from six to 10 points. But clearly Hagan’s national money — some of it from MoveOn.org — is having an impact on the race.

Having just returned from the Tobacco Road campaign trail, this Scorecard contributor noticed that Hagan’s strategy is to go right after Dole, ripping her in public forums, press releases and advertisements, trying to chip away at the sterling image Dole has cultivated as North Carolina’s favorite daughter.

North Carolina Senate race tightening [Politico]


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