The incumbent Senator is Kay Hagan, a Democrat. She had been a State Senator for 10 years and 6 years ago defeated incumbent Senator Elizabeth “Liddy” Dole (wife of former US Sen. Bob “Buy Viagra” Dole) in the 2008 Obama landslide.
She is about as much a North Carolina person as Hillary is from New York. While she was born in North Carolina, her father left his job as a tire salesman in Rural North Carolina for Lakeland Florida, where he became Mayor and a rich real estate developer. Her uncle (her mother’s brother) was Lawton Chiles, the former Governor of Florida. It’s probably just a coincident that her uncle was an influential politician and her family’s sudden arrival of power and wealth.
She did return to North Caolina to attend Wake Forest Law School, did some work in banking, then became a state Senator.
There are 8 Republicans running today – 3 of which are plausible possibility to get in a runoff if the leader doesn’t get 40%
The leader (apparently) is Thom Tillis, the leader in the NC House who passed all that “crazy” stuff like requiring photo IDs to vote (but not until 2016!). He’s the “Republican Establishment” candidate who will follow orders. He probably can win in November. He is not interested in fighting unwinnable battles like repealing Obamacare.
The one that has Karl Rove worried is Greg Brannon. He’s the Freedomworks anti Washington Libertarian. He’s running on repealing Obamacare and defanging the NSA. If you should win and Republicans gain control of the Senate, expect him to have an office in the basement with a view of the furnace. The establishment wants nothing to do with a guy like him and there aren’t enough of people like him to change that.
The wildcard is Mark Harris, a Baptist minister from Charlotte. His platform is very vague, but the ability to get people to the polls might cause a surprise second place for him.
Polls close at 7:30 PM Eastern time