Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx says North Carolina Democrats are preparing for a major battle in defending Sen. Kay Hagan's seat in 2014.
“It's gonna be one of the biggest Senate race in the country,” Foxx told POLITICO this weekend while in Washington to attend the inaugural. “And that's going to be a fight.''
North Carolina Democrats took a drubbing on election day.
“I think it's incumbent on North Carolina Democrats to do what national Republicans are doing, which is to huddle up and figure out what happened and to think about what the implications are and what happened and to think about what the implications are and what needs to happen going forward to build a case for progressive politics in North Carolina.''
A number of Republicans are already expressing various level of interest in challenging Hagan including House Speaker Thom Tillis and state Sen. Leader Phil Berger.
Congresswoman Renee Ellmers of Dunn, whose name has also being mentioned, is beginning to move around the state. She is, for example, scheduled to speak at the Gaston County Lincoln Day Dinner in Gastonia on Feb 23.
Foxx said one more encouraging things for Democrats in November is that Obama lost North Carolina by only 92,000 voters.
“So, it's clear that Democrats can be competitive in North Carolina, but we've just to have a different message,” Foxx said. “And I do think you'll see a new generation of North Carolina politicians engaging in statewide races.
Foxx, who is being mentioned as a potential opponent to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in 2016, said he did not know whether he would seek statewide office.
“I have such a full plate doing what I'm doing,” he said. “I don't want to put myself ahead of where I am. But I do think this is gonna mark a generational change and that could be a good thing for the Democratic Party.''