Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry leads potential Republican challengers to Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, according to a new poll.
Berry leads a potential field of Republicans with 18 percent, followed by Congresswoman Virginia Foxx with 16 percent among GOP voters, according to a survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in Raleigh.
Rounding out the Republican field, U.S. Reps. Renee Ellmers and Patrick McHenry have 10 percent, state Senate leader Phil Berger has 7 percent, with 5 percent going to Greg Brannon, 3 percent for US. Rep. George Holding and and House Speaker Thom Tillis and 1 percent for Terry Embler.
Hagan leads all possible nine Republican opponents by margins of five to 15 points.
The closest is a 45-40 lead she holds over McHenry.
Voters are divided over Hagan's job performance with 39 percent approving and 38 percent disapproving.
The spin: “Kay Hagan continues to lead all her potential Republican opponents,'' said Dean Debnam, the firm's president. “Her approval numbers aren't out of this world, but the pool of GOP candidates is weak.''
The survey of 600 North Carolina voters and 518 Republican primary voters was conducted Feb. 7-10. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent and for the GOP primary portion a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percent.