Keith King pushed aside a half-eaten plate of barbecue, slaw and hushpuppies. He needed to make a point. “Hagan,” he said with conviction, “is set to be beat.”
For the Republicans gathered last week for a county convention at King’s Restaurant, a landmark in Eastern North Carolina famous for its “pig in a puppy” sandwich, the sentiment was universal.
What King – and most of those in the room – didn’t know is which Republican candidate is the best challenger for Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. “I do not have a favorite,” said King, a former Lenoir County GOP chairman running for school board. “I need to hear more.”