A poll released Monday shows U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, the North Carolina Republican incumbent, with a strong lead over potential Democratic challengers for the 2016 election.
The survey was commissioned by American Crossroads, the Super PAC formed by former White House adviser Karl Rove.
It finds Burr leading former Sen. Kay Hagan 49-42 percent, which is similar to last week’s survey by Public Policy Polling, which put the spread at 49-40 percent.
The American Crossroads poll also puts Burr ahead of state Sen. Dan Blue, a Raleigh Democrat, by 50-36 percent. Neither Hagan nor Blue — nor any other Democrat — has committed to running.
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Burr has a rating of 50/34 percent favorable/unfavorable, while Hagan is suffering from the expensive ad campaigns waged last year between her and victorious Sen. Thom Tillis. Hagan’s favorable/unfavorable rating is 46/48 percent.
Hagan’s latest financial disclosure shows she has $1,929 cash on hand, contrasted with more than $4 million at this point in the 2014 cycle. Burr’s most recent report shows he has about $2.4 million cash on hand.
American Crossroads president and CEO Steven Law released a statement along with the polling results, saying Burr is well-positioned.
“By contrast, the face that national Democrats are recruting someone as weak as Kay Hagan signals that they have actually given up on competing for this Senate seat,” he said.
The poll by Harper Polling was of 501 likely voters interviewed by automated phone calls June 3-4. The margin of error is 4.39 percent.
An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified Steven Law’s title.