- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sen. Kay Hagan has opened her largest lead in the race for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, topping Republican challenger Thom Tillis by 6 points in a poll released Thursday.

The Rasmussen Reports survey showed Mrs. Hagan, who is considered one of the most endangered Senate Democrats this year, surging ahead of Mr. Tillis, 45 percent to 39 percent.

Their numbers were reversed in the same poll a month ago with Mr. Tillis ahead 45 percent to 40 percent.

Most recent polls have shown the race in a statistical tie.

The new momentum for Mrs. Hagan follows her unrelenting “war on women” attacks against Mr. Tillis, the state House speaker. Mrs. Hagan has hammered Mr. Tillis for state budget cuts in women’s heath programs and his opposition to the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare.

In the poll, Mr. Tillis leads by 9 points among male voters. But Mrs. Hagan has a 21-point advantage among women.

• S.A. Miller can be reached at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

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