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February 11, 2016

Rating Change: North Carolina Senate

Tllis is the GOP's nominee in North Carolina. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Tillis is the GOP’s nominee in North Carolina. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

State House Speaker Thom Tillis won the GOP nomination outright on Tuesday, setting up a general election match-up against Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in one of the top Senate races in the country. Even though Hagan’s polling numbers have been mediocre at best, we gave her a slight edge in the race because of uncertainty in the Republican primary.

But now that Tillis is the nominee and has avoided a costly July runoff that could have pushed him farther to the right, Hagan does not have a significant advantage in the race.

We are changing our Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rating of the race from Toss-Up/Tilt Democrat to Pure Toss-Up.

  • mabramso

    A no-brainer ratings change. Hagan’s poll numbers were terrible to begin with. I would not be surprised to soon see a slight bump for Tillis.

  • Amanda Nevada

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