A majority of responders to a new poll say they do not favor U.S. military intervention in Syria
RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) – New polling numbers show Sen. Kay
Hagan enjoying comfortable margins over several potential opponents in the 2014
Public Policy Polling released numbers on Tuesday showing
Hagan with double-digit leads over several
Republican challengers, including state Sen. Phil Berger and House Speaker
Thom Tillis. In head-to-head selections, poll responders favored Hagan by a
51-36 over Tillis and by 53-36 over Berger. The closest Republican in the poll
was Heather Grant, a Family Nurse Practitioner from Wilkes County who describes
herself as a Constitutional Conservative. Grant trailed Hagan in the September
poll by a 48-36 margin, with 15% unsure.
When asked their preference for a Republican nominee to
challenge Hagan in 2014, Berger led the way among Republican primary voters with 13%, followed by 12%
choosing Tillis, and 11% picking Jim Cain, a former Ambassador to Denmark who
has not officially announced his candidacy. 43% of the responders said they weren't sure
or wanted someone else for the nominee.
"With Virginia Foxx out of the mix the Republican Senate
field is even more up in the air than it was a month ago," Dean Debnam,
President of Public Policy Polling, said in a news release statement. "Most GOP
voters want an option other than Thom Tillis, but there's little agreement about
who they want that alternative candidate to be."
Tillis did register the highest "favorable" rating among
the 600 voters polled by PPP from September 6-9. Tillis' 14% favorable led
Berger's 10% rating. Both Berger and Tillis had the higher "unfavorable"
ratings, with Berger coming in at 33% and Tillis 32%.
According to the poll, less than one in every five responders support U.S.
military action in Syria, including just over a quarter of 2012 Obama
supporters and a quarter of Democrats. People who identify as "very liberal"
support President Barack Obama's push for action most. Despite the strong
opposition, Obama's job approval rating of 48-49 with those polled is up
slightly from 46-51 in August.
Click here to see more details of this latest PPP poll.
Tuesday, March 11 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-03-11 11:45:32 GMT
HAMPSTEAD, NC (WECT) – Rep. Chris Millis (R-Pender County) is the only local Republican member of the NC House not to endorse House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenberg) in his bid for U.S. Senate. TillisMore >>
Rep. Chris Millis of Pender County is the only member of the local GOP delegation in the state House not to endorse Rep. Thom Tillis in his campaign for U.S. Senate. Click on the story to see why Millis is not endorsing Tillis or any other candidate in the GOP field.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 8:10 AM EST2014-03-07 13:10:59 GMT
SWANNANOA, N.C. (AP/WECT) - State Sen. Martin Nesbitt, who this week stepped down as minority leader because of illness, has died. He was 67. Senate Democratic Caucus Director Ford Porter said NesbittMore >>
Just days after stepping down as the Senate Minority Leader in the General Assembly, state Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe) passed away from stomach cancer.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 8:03 AM EST2014-03-05 13:03:49 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina state Sen. Martin Nesbitt has stepped down as the Senate's minority leader because of a recent medical diagnosis. Sen. Dan Blue is taking his place. The Senate DemocraticMore >>
State Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D-Buncombe) has stepped down from his position of Minority Leader because of a health issue. Sen. Dan Blue (D-Wake) will be filling the role.More >>
Sunday, March 2 2014 10:02 AM EST2014-03-02 15:02:31 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A flurry of final-day filings on Friday added candidates to races for seats in Washington DC, Raleigh and southeastern North Carolina. New Hanover County Commissioner JonathanMore >>
Several last-minute filings set up primary challenges for candidates seeking office in Raleigh and Washington, DC. Nearly all Sheriffs in southeastern North Carolina will also have primary challenges in 2014.More >>
Friday, February 28 2014 12:00 AM EST2014-02-28 05:00:12 GMT
FLORENCE, SC (WECT) – Will Breazeale, the 2008 Republican nominee for North Carolina's 7th Congressional District seat, has decided not to run for the same office in 2014. In a news release sent out lateMore >>
Will Breazeale, who won the GOP nomination in the 7th Congressional District in 2008, has decided not to make another run for the office in 2014.More >>
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