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Hagan leads prospective GOP opponents in 2014 race

North Carolina voters are divided about Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, but she leads any of prospective Republican opponents, according to a new poll.

Only 34 percent of voters approve of the job that Hagan is doing, while 36 percent disapprove, and 31 percent have no opinion, according to a survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic leaning firm based in Raleigh.

But Hagan leads all potential opponents. She leads GOP Congresswoman Renee Ellmers by a 46-40 percent margin, Congressman Patrick McHenry by a 45-39 percent margin, and Congresswoman Virginia Foxx by a 47-40 percent margin.

She also leads Congressman George Holding by a 45-37 percent margin, Congressman Robert Pittenger by a 46-38 percent margin, state Senate leader Phil Berger by a 47-38 percent margin, and state House Speaker Thom Tillis by a 47-37 percent margin.

Part of the reasons Republicans are not doing better, is they are not very well known, according to pollster Tom Jensen.

"There's a good chance this race will get close as Republicans settle around a candidate and that person builds up their profile across the state,'' Jensen writes.

He wrote that Hagan's position is pretty reminiscent of Republican Sen. Richard Burr's situation of four years ago, where he had middling approval numbers, but ended up easily winning re-election.

The survey of 608 voters was conducted Jan 10-13 and had a margin of error of 4 percent.


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