With Rep. Virginia Foxx passing on the U.S Senate race, The Washington Post's political column, "The Fix'' speculated on why more GOP candidates are challenging Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan next year.
"So why aren't Republicans lining up to run against Sen. Hagan who is among the 2014 cycle's most vulnerable incumbents?'' writes Sean Sullivan of The Fix.
"Three reasons stand out: the general belief in GOP circles that state House Speaker Thom Tillis is a potentially formidable candidate, even as he's struggled early; the lack of a strong GOP bench; and the state's political tilt and climate, which is not as conservative as it may seem.''
The full blog item can be found at www.washingtonpost.com/blocs/the-fix/wp/2013/08/21/republicans-need--to-win-north-carolina-but-so-far-theyve-stumbled/