Hagan Trails GOP Challenger by 7 Points

by Andrew Johnson

North Carolina’s Kay Hagan is becoming the country’s most vulnerable Democrat even after distancing herself from President Obama during his recent visit to the state. A new Rasmussen poll reveals that Hagan is trailing her likely Republican opponent by the largest margin yet.

The survey finds Hagan’s GOP challenger Thom Tillis, the speaker of the state’s House of Representatives, leading by seven points among likely voters, 47 percent to 40 percent. Earlier this month, a Public Policy Polling survey showed Tillis with a one percentage point lead over the first-term incumbent; she also trailed her four other potential Republican challengers.

Hagan was absent from a January 15 visit by President Obama to Raleigh, citing Senate business. Some cited it as a political move to distance herself from the president given his unpopularity in the state.