Midterm elections 2014: Kay Hagan vs. Thom Tillis in North Carolina
In North Carolina, Democratic Senator Kay Hagan faces Republican Thom Tillis, the speaker of the state House of Representatives, in the most expensive race of the election cycle.
Kay Hagan was elected in 2008, aided in a conservative state by voters lured to the polls to cast a ballot for Barack Obama. A moderate Democrat who has largely supported the president’s agenda, Kay Hagan is now trying to distance herself from him by proposing changes to those policies or emphasizing the differences between the two of them.
Thom Tillis has pitched himself as a moderate on some issues, for instance supporting prescription-free access to birth control.
However, Thom Hagan has attacked his record leading a state legislature that passed very conservative laws including abortion restrictions, limits on ballot access and voter registration, and cuts to the state education budget.
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