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Washington Post ranks Hagan's Democratic seat a touch safer

North Carolina's U.S. Senate seat slipped a notch in a ranking of the most vulnerable seats in 2014.

The Washington Post's Fix politics blog put Democrat Kay Hagan at No. 5 most vulnerable, a spot safer than last month. Louisiana Sen. Mary Laundrieu moved ahead in the rankings after the Republican field became a touch more clear. (The seat most likely to flip parties is the open seat in West Virginia.)

Here's the handicapping for Hagan's seat: "Sen. Kay Hagan (D) recently came out in favor of gay marriage – a somewhat dicey proposition in a Southern state that just went for Mitt Romney in the presidential race. The Tar Heel State, much like Montana, so far features a lesser-known crop of GOP lawmakers, including state Senate President Phil Berger, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, second-term Rep. Renee Ellmers and state Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry."

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