NC Senate race is now a dead heat, Democratic poll shows

11/12/2013 1:26 PM

11/12/2013 2:24 PM

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has seen her lead over prospective GOP opponents melt away because of the unpopularity over Obamacare and TV attacks, according to a new poll.

Her Republican opponents have pulled even with Hagan, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in Raleigh.

Cary physician Greg Brannon leads her 44-43 percent. Hagan leads House Speaker Thom Tillis 44-42 percent, Charlotte pastor Mark Harris 43-41 percent, and nurse Heather Grant 43-40 percent.

Hagan has lost ground because her disapproval numbers have spiked since Sepember from 39 percent to 49 percent. That corresponds with with a big drop in President Barack Obama's popularity in the state. In September, Obama had an approval rating of 48/49 to a rating of 43/53.

The decline of both Hagan and Obama seems tied to the rollout of the new health care plan. Currently, only 38 percent of voters say they approve of it, while 48 percent disapprove of it.

"When vote anger was focused on what was happening in Raleigh over the summer it really helped Kay Hagan's poll numbers,'' said Dean Debnam, the president of the polling firm. "With a that anger geared more toward Washington now, this is again looking like it will be one of the most competitive races in the country next year.''

The survey of 701 North Carolina voters was conducted Nov. 8-11th and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent.

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