Under the Dome

Berry and Hagan pull even in '14 Senate race

Republican Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry runs even with Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in a new poll.

Berry and Hagan are tied at 45 percent in a potential 2014 match-up, according to a survey conducted by Public Policy polling, a Democratic leaning firm based in Raleigh.

In the GOP primary to be held next May, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx(15 percent) is in a virtual tie with Berry (14 percent.)” Following them is Senate leader Phil Berger and Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, each with 10 percent, physician Greg Bannon with 7 percent, House Speaker Thom Tillis with 6 percent, former ambassador Jim Cain with 4 percent, Mark Harris and Lynn Wheeler each with 3 percent.

None of the potential Republican candidates are very well known across the state, according to the poll.

This is the first time that Hagan does not have a lead over all her potential GOP rivals. She up over Berger 46/42, over Harris by 46-40, up over Cain(48-41), Tillis((48-41) and Foxx(49-42), and Ellmers((48-39) and Wheeler(48-37.)

The spin: “Although she doesn't receive much attention as some other potential candidates Cherie Berry is currently the Republican candidate who polls strongest against Kay Hagan,” said Dean Debnam, president of the polling firm. “She is a rare North Carolina politician who is seen in a favorable light by both Democrats and Republicans.''

For the first time this year, voters register a strongly positive assessment of Hagan's job performance with 46 percent viewing her positively and 40 percent negatively.

The survey of 500 North Carolina voters including 366 GOP primary voters was conducted May 17-20. It has a margin of error of 4.4 percent and a 5.1 percent margin of error for the smaller sample of Republican primary voters.


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