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4 Too-Close-to-Call Midterm Races that Matter to Medtech: North Carolina Senate Race

North Carolina Senate Race Hagan Tillis

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.

 [Images by United States Senate ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons and By North Carolina General Assembly [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]

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