North Carolina Senate Race
There are technically three candidates running for the open Senate seat in the Southeast medtech hub of North Carolina: Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan, Republican state House speaker Thom Tillis, and Libertarian pizza deliveryman Sean Haugh. But the real battle is between Hagan and Tillis, who are neck-and-neck in the polls.
Hagan joined with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to draft a letter urging Senate majority leader Harry Reid to delay implementation of the medical device tax in 2012 and has signed on as a cosponsor of Senator Orrin Hatch’s (R-UT) bill to repeal the tax. Tillis does not appear to have taken a stance on the matter, though he did criticize Hagen on his campaign site for voting for the Affordable Care Act and against a bill to repeal the device tax in 2010.
Hagan is currently leading by an average of just one point in the polls, according to Real Clear Politics.
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