WRAL: Is Hagan ahead?

RALEIGH, N.C. — Election polls are inherently interesting to political junkies, but when they take place many months before the election – or years away – they have important limitations and need to be interpreted cautiously.

Such is the case with a recent survey about the North Carolina U.S. Senate race.

American Insights, a new polling firm in Raleigh with Republican ties, conducted the survey. AI surveyed 611 registered voters Feb. 11-15, using calls to landlines and cellphones as well as via the Internet. In the poll, respondents said that, if Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan was to face Republican Thom Tillis in November, they preferred Hagan over Tillis 38 percent to 35 percent. Hagan was also preferred by nearly identical margins over all other potential Republican nominees.

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