Tillis is speaker of the state general assembly.
Republicans hope to capitalize on Obama’s decreased popularity in North Carolina. He carried the state against John McCain in 2008, but lost in to Mitt Romney in 2012.
“Kay Hagan may be trying to distance herself from President Obama by avoiding his speech in Raleigh (on Jan. 15),” Tillis stated on his campaign website, “but a picture is worth a thousand words and voting records don’t lie. “Time and time again, Kay Hagan has represented liberal special interests and the President’s agenda rather than stand with the people of North Carolina. In fact, Kay Hagan has voted for the President’s agenda an incredible 96 percent.”
A Tea Party favorite, Dr. Greg Brannon, also leads Hagan, but by a narrower, 43-39 margin.
He boasts the support of prospective 2016 presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), the son of libertarian Republican Ron Paul.
Both Republican candidates criticize Hagan for her record on Obamacare, gun control issues and military pension reductions.
Hagan’s campaign website and recent campaign newsletters seek to blame her political problems on a plot by the Koch brothers to spend money in North Carolina to advance a special-interest agenda.
The Koch brothers have funded several libertarian and conservative organizations and campaigns throughout the United States.