NC Senate Candidates Raise Over $4 Million In 1st Qtr. Of 2014   Leave a comment

In what many observers consider a top-tier Senate race for 2014, both of the state’s presumptive Senate candidates – Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis – raised over $4 million in as detailed in fundraising reports for the first quarter of 2014…

North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan raised $2.8 million in the first quarter — an impressive sum for the top target of outside spending in the 2014 midterms.

The first-term Democrat ended March with $8.3 million in cash on hand, according to the Hagan campaign. That’s far more than any of her potential Republican opponents are likely to report, though she’s already the target of millions of dollars worth of ads from Americans for Prosperity.

“Kay’s strong fundraising total for the first quarter shows the excitement and momentum behind her campaign,” Hagan spokeswoman Sadie Weiner said. “These funds will ensure the campaign can reach voters in every corner of the state to talk about Kay’s record of putting North Carolina first.”

North Carolina state Speaker Thom Tillis raised $1.3 million in the first quarter and ended March with $1.3 million in the bank, according to a campaign spokesman. Tillis is backed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., but he’s facing a competitive May 6 primary and is likely headed to a July 15 runoff.

The Wall Street Journal first reported Tillis’ first-quarter fundraising total; the race is rated Tilts Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.(Roll Call)

Given that, (a)Republicans have targeted this race as one they need to win in the hope of gaining a Senate majority for 2015-2016 and (b)that North Carolina has five major media markets(from West-to-East: Asheville/Western N.C., Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the Piedmont Triad Region, Raleigh/Durham and Eastern N.C.), this could be one expensive race…but one that could also determine whether Harry Reid or Mitch McConnell get to call the shots next year.

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