- Associated Press - Monday, October 20, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Sen. Joe Manchin is in North Carolina campaigning for Sen. Kay Hagan, who faces a tough re-election.

The West Virginia Democrat said Monday he’s visting Statesville, Wilkesboro and Hickory touting Hagan as a moderate Democrat. She faces Republican state House speaker Thom Tillis. The expensive race is crucial in deciding whether Democrats keep a slim U.S. Senate majority.

Manchin has become an asset for embattled red-state Democrats.

President Barack Obama lost all 55 counties in West Virginia in 2012. Manchin won by 24 percentage points.

Manchin headlined a Hagan fundraiser in North Carolina in March. He went to Alaska early this year for Sen. Mark Begich, and Louisiana for Sen. Mary Landrieu last month.

Manchin plans to campaign in Arkansas for Sen. Mark Pryor and in Georgia for Michelle Nunn.

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