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Despite tough numbers, Hagan still tops possible GOP challengers

Democrat Kay Hagan's popularity isn't improving but Tom Jensen at Public Policy Polling suggests the N.C. General Assembly may drag Republicans down even further.

The Democratic polling firm's latest numbers show Hagan's approval essentially even at 43 percent to 45 percent disapproval. But compared to potential Republican challengers, she is doing much better.

Hagan, who is seeking re-election in 2014, gets 49 percent in eight individual matchups against Republicans, the PPP poll shows. She is up 10 points on Phil Berger and Greg Brannon at 49/39, 11 points on Thom Tillis at 49/38, 12 points on Virginia Foxx at 49/37, 13 points on Jim Cain and Renee Ellmers at 49/36, 14 points on Mark Harris at 49/35 and 15 points on Lynn Wheeler at 49/34.

The spin from Jensen: "As usual there are a lot more undecided Republicans in these match ups than there are Democrats, likely owing to the fact that most of the GOP hopefuls aren't terribly well known yet. The only potential candidate with over 50 percent name recognition is Foxx. Once Republicans eventually settle on someone and voters become more familiar with them the race will tighten up- but it's certainly good news for Hagan that she's so close to 50 percent."

Read more from PPP and get the full results here.

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