Raleigh, N.C.- PPP’s latest poll of North Carolina voters finds a tight, though slightly Democratic-leaning, Senate race brewing for 2014. Senator Kay Hagan, who has a 41% approval rating compared to 42% who disapprove, is leading all likely Republican challengers by margins of 4%-9%. However, she has failed to secure 50% of the vote in any of the hypothetical races, showing this race could get even tighter.
Within the Republican Party, a clear consensus has not yet formed on who should represent them in the Senate race, with the plurality of respondents (27%) saying they were undecided or favored a candidate not listed. Representative Virginia Foxx currently has a clear lead over the rest of the field, taking in 23% of the vote, a good bit above the next most popular contender, State Senator Phil Berger, who received 11%. NC Speaker of the House Thom Tillis and US Representative Renee Ellmers tied for third with 9% of the vote each. The rest of the candidates were, in order, Jim Cain (8%), Greg Brannon (7%), Mark Harris (4%), and Lynn Wheeler (3%).