Reuters: Vulnerable North Carolina senator Hagan takes lead in two polls

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan is leading her Republican challenger among likely voters in North Carolina, two polls showed on Monday, the latest shift in a race that could help decide which party controls the chamber.

Hagan was ahead 43 percent to 34 percent, a 9-point lead, in a survey conducted this month after the vulnerable Democrat’s first debate with state House Speaker Thom Tillis, according to Republican polling firm American Insights.

Hagan netted more support from women, men and independent voters before the November election, while Tillis did better with white voters and North Carolina natives, the pollsters said.

“After being deadlocked for most of the year, the race has unmistakably shifted towards Senator Hagan in recent days,” said Pearce Godwin, director of American Insights. “This poll is a continuation and affirmation of the very recent trend in Sen. Hagan’s direction.”

The poll of 459 likely voters, conducted from Sept. 5-10, had a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points.

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