PPP added Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry into the mix on the Republican side for its monthly North Carolina Senate poll, and she leads the GOP field. Berry gets 18% to 16% for previous leader Virginia Foxx, 10% each for Renee Ellmers and Patrick McHenry, 7% for Phil Berger, 5% for Greg Brannon, 3% each for George Holding and Thom Tillis, and 1% for Terry Embler.
Berry is the only one of the potential Republican candidates with name recognition over 50%. 32% of primary voters have a positive opinion of her to 19% with a negative one. She's particularly strong with moderate Republicans, leading Foxx 25-10 with them, and she also does well with young voters, holding a 26/16 edge over Foxx with them.
When it comes to the general election Kay Hagan continues to lead all of her potential opponents for reelection by anywhere from 5 to 15 points. Patrick McHenry comes the closest at 45/40. Other Republicans within single digits are Cherie Berry and Thom Tillis who each trail by 8 points at 46/38 and Renee Ellmers who's down by 9 at 47/38. The rest are down by double digits- Virginia Foxx and George Holding are down 10 at 48/38 and 46/36 respectively, Phil Berger's down 11 at 49/38, Greg Brannon's down 13 at 48/35, and Terry Embler has a 15 point deficit at 48/33.
The story with this race remains the same- Hagan has a lead but she also has pretty average approval numbers and much will be determined by the political climate and the GOP's ability to come up with a good candidate.
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