Tight North Carolina Race Could Determine Control of U.S. Senate
By Afrique I. Kilimanjaro
RALEIGH, N.C. – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan has been reaching out to communities and constituents across North Carolina galvanizing support for her re-election campaign. The Democratic Senator from North Carolina and her campaign are full steam ahead as they face Republican opponent, current N.C. Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis.
The Tillis campaign, according to Hagan, is being aided by $20 million in out of state advertising spending from conservatives such as Charles and David Koch, and Republican political strategist Karl Rove. The Hagan campaign says, these out of state entities “believe North Carolina’s Senate seats can be bought.”
Hagan, along with fellow Democrats in federal, state, county and city government, are spreading the word and sounding the alarm from Dare to Cherokee that the “Old North State is not for sale.” She is delivering this message to groups and communities across the state and recently hosted a summit with hundreds of members of North Carolina’s African American community last weekend in Raleigh. According to campaign staffers, “The purpose of the summit was to help coordinate the efforts of the campaign with the power of the community leaders in attendance.”
Speakers included North Carolina’s U.S. Congressional Representatives G.K Butterfield and David Price, State Rep. and Congressional candidate Alma Adams and Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
North Carolina is now less than 100 days from the 2014 midterm elections, which includes the North Carolina U.S. Senate race. “This election is a clear contrast between my work to put North Carolina first and Speaker Tillis who has shown he will pick the special interests over our families every single time,” said Hagan. “I’ve been proud to build a record of results for North Carolina families and my top priority has been jobs.”