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In U.S. Senate race, analyst says Tillis 'a very weak candidate so far'

UPDATED: National Republicans are trumpeting their chances at taking control of the U.S. Senate in a new political memo outlining the 2014 elections at the same time a political analyst questions whether House Speaker Thom Tillis is a strong enough candidate to beat North Carolina's Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it needs to win just three of 16 contested races to take power in the U.S. Senate. North Carolina is one on the list.
(See more on the memo here from NBC News.)

But Pat Caddell, a Fox News political analyst, said in a Sunday political program that North Carolina is an example of the national Republican "candidate recruitment problem." Caddell, a Democrat, argued that Hagan should be the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent facing re-election this year, but Republicans have "a very weak candidate so far."

In his remarks, Caddell didn't even mention Tillis by name, adding that "no one wants to run in North Carolina." Another panel member, John LeBoutillier, a Republican analyst, echoed the concern about candidate recruitment by the GOP.

The N.C. Democratic Party flagged the video (posted below) to show Tillis' difficulty gaining traction in a race he entered a month and a half ago. Cary obstetrician Greg Brannon has also announced he will compete to challenge Hagan.

--Post updated to correct identification of Caddell as Democratic analyst


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That's right! Dr. Greg Brannon is the one to beat!

He's quite a fantastic candidate that the establishment needs to embrace.

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