Sen. Kay Hagan now trailing all of her Republican challengers in North Carolina

posted at 1:21 pm on January 15, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

It wasn’t so very long ago — as in, last September — that Democratic senator and enthusiastic ObamaCare cheerleader Kay Hagan was posting fairly comfortable margins leading all of the Republican challengers to her reelection bid this year. Cue the ObamaCare initiation sequence, however, and that all started to change pretty quickly. These past few months have been whittling away at her erstwhile lead, and even as the Republican primary race is starting to solidify, Public Policy Polling‘s latest update indicates that all of her potential opponents are seriously gaining on her:

For the first time in our polling of the North Carolina Senate race, presumptive frontrunner Thom Tillis has opened a little bit of space between himself and the rest of his opponents in the Republican primary. Tillis now leads the field with 19% to 11% for Greg Brannon and Heather Grant, 8% for Mark Harris, and 7% for Bill Flynn. …

39% of voters in the state say they approve of the job Hagan is doing to 49% who disapprove. She has 1 or 2 point deficits against each of her potential GOP foes. She’s down by 1 to Heather Grant (42/41) and Thom Tillis (43/42), and trails by 2 against the rest of the field (43/41 against Greg Brannon and Mark Harris, 44/42 against Bill Flynn.)

Hagan’s main issue is that with independents she has a 30/56 approval rating and trails all of her opponents by double digits. Unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act seems to be driving much of her trouble. Only 38% of voters in the state overall support it to 48% who are opposed, and independents are more against it than the overall electorate at 31/57.

As of PPP’s mid-December poll, Hagan was still leading the now-frontrunning Tillis by two points, but he’s already been campaigning hard against her ObamaCare record and it would appear that all of her recent attempts to temper her longstanding support for President Obama’s crowning legislative achievement have been for naught.

I’m sure Hagan is mighty glad to have the Senate in-session as an excuse not to show up and support President Obama when he hits North Carolina for his umpteenth economic pivot today, but Republicans certainly won’t let her off the hook that easily:


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Don’t worry, the economy is going to save the Dems.

NotCoach on January 15, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Schadenfreude, pure.

To Hades with all who stood with obama on the travesty to the land.

Jobs, jobs, jobs, you fools!

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Well of course the Democrats are going to run on Obamacare — Debbie Wasserman Schulz

John the Libertarian on January 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Good stuff but it’s all Bridgegate and such.

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM

A child is president.

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Obamacare isn’t entirely to blame. I think that Obama’s dictatorial actions are causing people to want a GOP senate to check his overreach.

Charlemagne on January 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Hey Kay-

Please let us know what happens once the people get obamacare premiums reduced because of a subsidy, suddenly find out they can’t afford to pay the $15,000.00 deductable.

Philo Beddoe on January 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Best story - a R woman might take Karl Levin, the scumbag’s seat in Michigan. Now, that w/b something.

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

About time. It’s amazing she was ever elected in the first place.

Rocks on January 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Keep track

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Little known fact, she is related to that whacko-bird from the 70′s ,Lawton Childs,D-Fl.She comes by her nuttiness naturally.

celtic warrior on January 15, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Backtracking away form something you pushed extremely hard for as a State Senator will not work this time. Sorry, you lose your seat, better luck next time.

Any Democrat running on their record this election cycle really needs to put the crack pipe down.

Johnnyreb on January 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

WASHINGTON — Democrats are increasingly anxious about an onslaught of television ads hitting vulnerable Senate and House candidates for their support of the new health law, since many lack the resources to fight back in the early stages of the midterm campaign.

Since September, Americans for Prosperity, a group financed in part by the billionaire Koch brothers, has spent an estimated $20 million on television advertising that calls out House and Senate Democrats by name for their support of the Affordable Care Act obama’care’.

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:37 PM

The sad part is it takes a disaster on the order of ObamaCare for her polling to dip to 1-2 points behind. She can make that up easily, she’s an incumbent and no doubt whoever the Republican nominee is will have some negatives to bash on. Everybody does. Not that I’m predicting the future, so who knows?

Fenris on January 15, 2014 at 1:39 PM

DOOM

22044 on January 15, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Hagan’s main issue is that with independents

As usual, it’s not the base that screws you. It’s the moderates.

Tell us some more about how stupid Rove is now.

Moesart on January 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

,Lawton Childs,D-Fl.She comes by her nuttiness naturally.

celtic warrior on January 15, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Chiles, and he was governor until he died in ’98.

Lanceman on January 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

That’s why Obama is in Raleigh. Gotta get all the non-UNC cities to gotv.

nobar on January 15, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Tell us some more about how stupid Rove is now.

Moesart on January 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

He’s pretty stupid, Moe. He’s 1 and how many now?

Lanceman on January 15, 2014 at 1:41 PM

A child is president.

Schadenfreude on January 15, 2014 at 1:28 PM

F-uck the Heat, too.

/go mavs!

Ward Cleaver on January 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

She is a snob. Goes to the snobby church in Greensboro. Lives in the best zip code. Being a senator is just something fun to do.

djl130 on January 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Kay Hagan first and then Richard Burr in 2016 if the bastard doesn’t retire.

Panther on January 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Obamacare isn’t entirely to blame. I think that Obama’s dictatorial actions are causing people to want a GOP senate to check his overreach.

Charlemagne on January 15, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Yeah, the communists won’t stand for that…..

The people that defeated America in Vietnam, on down to the Taliban are banning together to support the communists in America. Obama and Hillary are the figureheads for now. But the power levers behind these puppets are pushing hard to tilt America over the edge and use all the language of our founders to confuse and befuddle the idiots who vote for the communist politicians.

redguy on January 15, 2014 at 1:53 PM

He’s pretty stupid, Moe. He’s 1 and how many now?

Lanceman on January 15, 2014 at 1:41 PM

I bet President McCain thinks he’s pretty smart.

CurtZHP on January 15, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Tell us some more about how stupid Rove is now.

Moesart on January 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Get back to me when he wins some elections.

Doomberg on January 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM

I bet President McCain thinks he’s pretty smart.

CurtZHP on January 15, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Heh. I didn’t even vote for that old fool. I voted for the chick whom I thought would assume the office once McLame had a debilitating attack in orifice.

You hear me, trolls?

Lanceman on January 15, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Please, God, don’t let the Republican candidate screw this one up.

I would love 2014 to be as full of schadenfreude as 2010. Taking back the Senate from the grasp of Zombie Harry Reid would be magnificent.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on January 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Ok Kay, better go get DWS to lobby for you. She will proudly help you run on obummercare.

jake49 on January 15, 2014 at 2:04 PM

her erstwhile lead

Sweet.

MisterElephant on January 15, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Kay? I have a chant for you to practice:
Oh! Bom! Ah!
Keep chanting that until November.

I may be too optimistic but I believe the Gimmedats are going to get their collective Clocks Cleaned in 2014.

Let the fun begin and what will King Putt do?

Missilengr on January 15, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Senator Lindsay Graham should endorse her in order to drive her numbers down further.

portlandon on January 15, 2014 at 2:24 PM

She’s Godless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb_k9qCxhGo

rubberneck on January 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM

The percentage increases for NC health insurance premiums rank

fourth-highest nationwide in the individual market.

Thanks for your contribution in blowing up my perfectly good health insurance Kay!!

lynncgb on January 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM

You hear me, trolls?

Lanceman on January 15, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Now, now, there is no reason to call AP, Bradkey and Basilsbest trolls.

Cindy Munford on January 15, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Kay Hagan first and then Richard Burr in 2016 if the bastard doesn’t retire.

Panther on January 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

You should like Burr. He voted to repeal DADT.

hawkdriver on January 15, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Tell us some more about how stupid Rove is now.

Moesart on January 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

He’s very very stupid.

Cindy Munford on January 15, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Now, now, there is no reason to call AP, Bradkey and Basilsbest trolls.

Cindy Munford on January 15, 2014 at 2:46 PM

AP deserves props for managing to troll his own blog. :P

22044 on January 15, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Now, now, there is no reason to call AP, Bradkey and Basilsbest trolls.

Cindy Munford on January 15, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Heh. Bradky. HA’s original troll. Ain’t seen him in a coon’s age.

Lanceman on January 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Lanceman on January 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Haven’t had a Palin thread in coon’s age.

Cindy Munford on January 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Panther, why in God’s name would you specifically want to get rid of Burr? He’s a fiscal Conservative and a social moderate who voted to repeal DADT?

You go on and on about being a fiscally Conservative gay dude. Wutup?

hawkdriver on January 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Haven’t had a Palin thread in coon’s age.

Cindy Munford on January 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM

LOL – you summoned me Cindy?

Bradky on January 15, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Bradky on January 15, 2014 at 3:01 PM

LOL! Did Palin get written three times?

Cindy Munford on January 15, 2014 at 3:03 PM

LOL – I’m like the wind. I just “know”.. But I was in the middle of trolling Central Park in person…

http://www.fastcocreate.com/3024885/theres-a-marauding-devil-baby-scaring-people-on-the-streets-of-new-york

Bradky on January 15, 2014 at 3:05 PM

This little acolyte of the kenyan “sh%t in her mess kit”. Not the brightest thing to do.

However, don’t worry, she has a “seperate but equal” pension, healthcare and exemption from tax and trading laws. The serfs should be happy to pay for these perks.

acyl72 on January 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Tell us some more about how stupid Rove is now.

Moesart on January 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

He’s so stupid it took him 2 hours to watch 60 minutes!

Deafdog on January 15, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Will be soundly defeated in November, along with many others who voted for the Obamacare mess.

Amazingoly on January 15, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Tell us some more about how stupid Rove is now.

Moesart on January 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

He’s so stupid he got fired from the M&M factory for throwing
away all the W’s!

Deafdog on January 15, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Tell us some more about how stupid Rove is now.

Moesart on January 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

He’s so stupid he could trip over a cordless phone!

Deafdog on January 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM

I’ll stop now….so sorry…couldn’t resist.

Deafdog on January 15, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Haven’t had a Palin thread in coon’s age.

Cindy Munford on January 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM

People keep feeding this one – 86 pages so far.

22044 on January 15, 2014 at 3:19 PM

He’s so stupid he got fired from the M&M factory for throwing
away all the W’s!

Deafdog on January 15, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Now that is some funny sheot!!!! :D

wolfplus3 on January 15, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Deafdog on January 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM

and the hits keep on coming…..

wolfplus3 on January 15, 2014 at 3:24 PM

As a native North Carolinian, I have seen this happen over and over again. Kagan, as with the case with John Edwards, won a senate seat by portraying themselves as moderate Democrats (their Southern accents didn’t hurt either). After 1term in office people find our who they really are they are gone.

antifederalist on January 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM

antifederalist on January 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM

It was all anti-Bush a the time too. A rep in my district Kissler ran against Rep Hayes. He had signs that read Hayes = Bush Vote Kissler.

Robin Hayes was a great ally of the military too.

hawkdriver on January 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM

why in God’s name would you specifically want to get rid of Burr? hawkdriver on January 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Blocking a government funding bill over ObamaCare is “the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard,” Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)

http://thehill.com/video/senate/313673-sen-burr-sen-lees-proposal-to-defund-obamacare-dumbest-idea-ive-ever-heard

“Filibustering such a bill is not only the height of hypocrisy, but also lays bare for the world the hollowness of this so-called strategy,” Mr. Burr said in a statement unmistakably aimed at Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah.

Trucorgi on January 15, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Trucorgi on January 15, 2014 at 3:46 PM

The question was for Panther. He’s gay. He’s said he wants pro-gay GOP members.

hawkdriver on January 15, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Don’t worry, the economy is Republicans are going to save the Dems.

NotCoach on January 15, 2014 at 1:26 PM

FIFY. Don’t forget we still have crybaby looking forward to amnesty & we got most of them pushing for military pension cuts offset by increases to the welfare spending.

Ukiah on January 15, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Bradky on January 15, 2014 at 3:05 PM

I saw that on the news this morning. Incredibly creepy. You wouldn’t do that.

Cindy Munford on January 15, 2014 at 3:59 PM

22044 on January 15, 2014 at 3:19 PM

That’s so funny. I had forgotten about it.

Cindy Munford on January 15, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Haven’t had a Palin thread in coon’s age.

Cindy Munford on January 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM

People keep feeding this one – 86 pages so far.

22044 on January 15, 2014 at 3:19 PM

…I was just there…I’d have put cream and sugar in your coffee!

KOOLAID2 on January 15, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Dems run on ObamaCare.
ObamaCare runs over Dems.

Kinda one of those yin&yang, karma thingies, yes?

orangemtl on January 15, 2014 at 5:05 PM

This isn’t a swipe at Erika but why don’t the conservative blogs give their readers a run down on the Republican contenders in these races? We all know the Democrat that’s up for election but nary a word on their potencial challengers. Why don’t we vet them now before the primary or does Allahpundit and the rest just like pissing an moaning after the fact?

lowandslow on January 15, 2014 at 5:34 PM

And there was much rejoicing. But it’s not over until all the fraudulent votes are counted.

sadatoni on January 15, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Maybe, before she goes, she can dye her hair blond and get one last selfie with Obama like the Danish PM.

Kay, “You are the weakest link. Good-bye.”

NoPain on January 16, 2014 at 12:42 AM