- The Washington Times - Monday, October 27, 2014

New polls show the North Carolina Senate race headed down to the wire, with Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan holding a slight lead over Republican Thom Tillis in one survey and the two candidates tied in another one slightly more than a week out from Election Day.

Ms. Hagan leads Mr. Tillis by 3 points, 44 percent to 41 percent, in a new CBS/New York Times/YouGov poll, with Libertarian Sean Haugh taking 2 percent. The lead is within the survey’s margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. The poll has a sample size of 1,910 and was taken from Oct. 16-23.

A separate poll from NBC News/Marist shows Ms. Hagan and Mr. Tillis tied at 43 percent apiece, with Mr. Haugh taking 7 percent of the vote. That survey of 756 likely voters was taken from Oct. 19-23 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

While there has been significant movement in competitive races across the country toward the GOP in recent months, Ms. Hagan has managed to maintain a narrow lead in many of the public polls on the race in North Carolina despite President Obama’s sagging approval rating, which stands at 38 percent among registered voters in the NBC/Marist poll.

As is the case in many races across the country, the Democrat has an advantage among female voters. Ms. Hagan leads Mr. Tillis among female voters in both surveys — 6 points in the CBS poll and 10 points in the NBC poll — while Mr. Tillis is winning the male vote by 6 points in the CBS poll and 11 points in the NBC survey.

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