Thom Tillis of North Carolina says the Senate needs "more people who had to sweat for a living" in a new TV ad. The 30-second ad features the Republican Senate candidate speaking directly to the camera inside a diner.

"Washington has completely lost touch with working Americans," Tillis says. "The federal budget's a joke, and senators never pay the price." Tillis, who is challening incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan, says he's worked as a paper boy, a short-order cook, a warehouse clerk, and "eventually, a partner at IBM." Watch the ad below:

The race between Hagan and Tillis is among the closest of the 2014 cycle. Real Clear Politics reports Tillis just a 1.3-point edge over Hagan, and Tillis has had a small lead in every nonpartisan poll of the race since May. The latest from Rasmussen gives Tillis a 5-point lead, 45 percent to 40 percent.

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