National Journal: Hagan No. 7 on 15 most-vulnerable list

11/27/2013 10:03 AM

11/27/2013 10:04 AM

The National Journal ranks U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., as No. 7 on its list of the 15 most vulnerable Senate seats.

The Washington publication notes that fortunes have changed since Hagan and Gov. Bev Perdue were swept into office in 2008 on the Obama wave. Democrats are betting that voters will see the subsequent Republican revolution in North Carolina as overreaching, and that current frontrunner Thom Tillis, the speaker of the state House, will suffer for it.

Just the opposite could be true. But, as the magazine points out, polls so far show voters don’t know much about Tillis.

Of course Hagan’s fortunes are part of a bigger game: The Journal says if Republicans pick up six of the seven most vulnerable seats without losing any of their own, they would control the Senate in 2015.

Thirteen of the 15 seats are held by Democrats. Only in Georgia (No. 8), where Sen. Saxby Chambliss is retiring, and Kentucky (No. 9), where Sen. Mitch McConnell faces serious conservative opposition, could it go the other way.

Here’s the full list:

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