The leading Republican candidate for Senate in North Carolina has a seven-point advantage over incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan, according to a new poll from Rassmussen Reports.
Forty-seven percent of the 500 likely voters polled said they would support Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina house, while 40 percent said they would support Hagan. Another Republican candidate, Greg Brannon, also polled ahead of Hagan, getting 43 percent to Hagan's 39 percent. Here's more on North Carolina and its politics from Rasumssen:
Hagan was elected to her first term in the Senate in 2008 with 53% of the vote but has come under increasing criticism at home for her support of the new national health care law. Republicans will hold a May 6 primary to choose their Senate nominee.
Just 38% of North Carolina voters view the health care law favorably, while 56% hold an unfavorable opinion of it. This includes 16% with a Very Favorable opinion of the law and 43% with a Very Unfavorable one. Voters in the state are more critical of the law than voters nationally.
Hagan earns overwhelming support from voters with a Very Favorable opinion of Obamacare, while both Republicans get equally impressive support from the much larger group that views the law Very Unfavorably.
Barack Obama carried North Carolina in the 2008 presidential election, but GOP nominee Mitt Romney took the state four years later. Even though Democrats held their national convention in Charlotte in 2012, the state also elected a Republican governor, Pat McCrory, that year.