While conservative groups are starting to drop money in an effort to push Sen. Kay Hagan out of office in 2014, the liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling on Tuesday released a poll that gives an early look at who the GOP is most likely to line up against the first-term Democrat.
Rep. Virginia Foxx tops Republicans' wish list at 17 percent. 14 percent prefer Sue Myrick, 13 percent want Patrick McHenry and 11 percent Renee Ellmers.
Only 2 percent named House Speaker Thom Tillis as their top choice, but 25 percent remain undecided in the distant (but not-distant-enough) 2014 primary election.
In a release announcing the poll's results, Tom Jensen, PPP's director, suggests Foxx is leading early because of her appeal with "very conservative" voters.
Jensen also suggests Republicans don't have a potential candidate with an established statewide reputation, which plays into Hagan polling ahead of all potential GOP opponents.
PPP surveyed 578 North Carolina voters, including 462 usual Republican primary voters, to conduct the poll. The overall margin of error is +/- 4.1 percentage points and for GOP voters +/- 4.6 percentage points.