Brannon Attacks Tillis, Tillis Attacks Hagan At GOP Debate

Hagan holds small leads over top GOP candidates in NYT/Kaiser poll.

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Andrea Drusch
April 23, 2014, 7:25 a.m.

North Car­o­lina House Speak­er Thom Tillis (R) fo­cused Tues­day night’s de­bate at Dav­id­son Col­lege on at­tack­ing Sen. Kay Hagan (D) and Obama­care, while phys­i­cian Greg Bran­non (R) used the plat­form to dif­fer­en­ti­ate from Tillis in the crowded primary. Amer­ic­an Cross­roads-backed Tillis has a strong lead on the rest of the pack, but so far not enough to reach the 40 per­cent ne­ces­sary to avoid a run­off. 

Start­ing with the first ques­tion, Bran­non slammed Tillis as weak on is­sues in­clud­ing Obama­care and Com­mon Core. The two sparred heatedly over gun con­trol is­sues, while pas­tor Mark Har­ris (R) and nurse Heath­er Grant (R) stayed mostly above the fray. Tillis called the group “all good con­ser­vat­ives.”

Miss­ing from the de­bate was any men­tion of the con­tro­versy over Tillis’s former staffers, who his cam­paign says were “forced” to resign after in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­la­tion­ships with lob­by­ists. He doubled down on that claim fol­low­ing the de­bate. (The Char­lotte Ob­serv­er)

HAGAN HANGING ON. A New York Times/Kais­er Fam­ily Found­a­tion poll finds Hagan polling just slightly ahead of Tillis, 42% to 40% with 12% un­de­cided. Against Bran­non, the res­ults were sim­il­ar, with Hagan up 41% to 39%, 14% un­de­cided. Hagan’s ap­prov­al and dis­ap­prov­al num­bers were both at 44% (April 8-15, 900 RVs, +/- 4.0%). (re­lease)

AT A CROSS­ROADS. Amer­ic­an Cross­roads is up with a new ad tout­ing Tillis as a true con­ser­vat­ive and proven tax cut­ter. It doesn’t dir­ectly men­tion Hagan and Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity PAC’s ads re­gard­ing the staffers, but says Demo­crats will “say any­thing” to stop Tillis.