The Washington Times - May 6, 2008, 10:14PM

North Carolina state senator Kay Hagandefeated her four Democratic rivals to secure her party’s nod during today’s primary elections.

Hagan will face Sen. Elizabeth Dole, North Carolina Republican, who has outraised her newly named Democratic opponent thus far by a nearly 9-to-1 margin.

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Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), which oversees campaigns for Democratic senators, touted Hagan’s prospects tonight.

“North Carolina Democrats chose a nominee for Senate today who will make the state proud,” Schumer said in a statement. “Kay is smart, energetic and dedicated to making people’s lives better, and as voters get to know her better over the next six months they will see that she can bring the change to Washington that the country needs.”

The DSCC pointed out that registered Democrats outnumber Republicans, according to figures from the North Carolina State Board of Elections. There are 2.6 million registered Democrats in North Carolina, compared to over 1.9 million registered Republicans. Carrie Sheffield, Web editor, The Washington Times