Sen. Kay Hagan's campaign will get a boost this week from EMILY's List independent expenditure arm, which will attack her GOP opponent on the television airwaves.
The North Carolina Democrat faces state Speaker Thom Tillis, the Republican nominee, in one of the most competitive and expensive elections this cycle. The Women Vote! ad attacks Tillis for cuts to education that the state legislature made last year — one of a number of items passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that Democrats have used to attack Tillis.
It features a teacher, speaking about the effects those cuts had on her classroom. "I have to buy supplies for my classroom. And my classroom is getting a lot more crowded," she says.
"Speaker Thom Tillis cut almost $500 million from education causing crowded classrooms, and forcing teachers to pay more out-of-pocket for school supplies, while Tillis protected tax breaks for yachts and jets," she adds.
The ad buy is in the high six-figures, according to EMILY's List, and it will run on broadcast and cable in Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro from Monday through the end of June. It's part of a $3 million campaign in North Carolina that will include mail and online advertising, in addition to television. The race is rated a Tossup by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.