Political guru Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia is still calling North Carolina's Senate seat a toss up, but he writes that "it's reasonable to question the Republicans' chances there against first-term Sen. Kay Hagan.''
He writes that the national Republicans "do not seem thrilled" with the candidacy of House Speaker House Speaker Thom Tillis and grassroots conservatives are not on board either, with RedState.com editor Erick Erickson endorsing Cary physician and Tea Party activist Greg Brannon.
Moreover, Sabato suggests that angry Democrats could have the intensity on their side because of the legislation passed by the Republican legislature including the voter ID bill signed by Gov. McCrory on Monday.
"The unsettled Republican field means, to us, that of the four incumbent Democratic senators running for reeelection in states that Mitt Romney won in 2014 - Mark Begich(AK), Mark Pryor(AR), Mary Landrieu(LA) and Kay Hagan(NC) - Hagan is probably in the best shape at the moment.''
Sabato's full post can be read at www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/notes-on-the-state-of-politics-2013-08-15.