Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s seat continues to list among the top 2014 races in the nation but her re-election bid is still considered safe by Washington pundits.
The Washington Post’s latest top Senate race rankings put the North Carolina seat at No. 8 in a top 10 list. (No. 1 is the most vulnerable.) Three incumbent senators (two Democrat, one Republican) are facing a tougher challenge, according to The Fix, the newspaper’s political blog. The top three races – South Dakota, West Virginia and Montana, respectively – are all open contests with no incumbent.
A related ranking of the top 5 primary races in the country doesn’t even list the Republican battle to replace Hagan, which is now a five-way Republican contest. Republican Thom Tillis is trying to elevate the race to a higher national status by bringing in Karl Rove to help him fundraise later this month. Hagan will bring in Vice President Joe Biden to raise money for her campaign Friday in Chapel Hill.
The Fix’s writeup:” 8. North Carolina (D): The air war is heating up already. Americans for Prosperity recently hit Sen. Kay Hagan (D) with an ad tying her to President Obama while Senate Majority PAC came to her defense with a spot saying those who are attacking her tried to shut the government down. North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R) won’t run, which is good news for state House Speaker Thom Tillis, albeit not unexpected news, either. Tillis still has to deal with tea party candidate Greg Brannon, who is dealing with his own issues, like potential plagiarism. (Previous ranking: 8)”