Vulnerable North Carolina senator Hagan takes lead in two polls

U.S. Senator-elect Kay Hagan (D-NC) reacts after defeating incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) in GreensboroBy Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Kay Hagan is leading her Republican challenger among likely voters in North Carolina, two polls showed on Monday, the latest shift in a race that could help decide which party controls the chamber. Hagan was ahead 43 percent to 34 percent, a 9-point lead, in a survey conducted this month after the vulnerable Democrat’s first debate with state House Speaker Thom Tillis, according to Republican polling firm American Insights. …

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