Politics

Tillis Drops First Ad of Midterm Cycle in North Carolina Senate Contest

State Speaker Thom Tillis, one of a handful of Republicans looking to take on Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in the midterm elections, released his first ad of the cycle, Tillis' campaign announced Thursday.

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"Obamacare is a disaster, but the president won't admit it. The debt is out of control, and neither party has stopped it," Tillis says in the 30-second spot. "Kay Hagan has enabled the president's worst ideas. She refuses to clean up his mess. So you and I have to clean up hers."

The spot will begin airing next week and is being backed by a $300,000 initial buy, Tillis spokesman Jordan Shaw said.

North Carolina's Senate contest is one of the most competitive Senate races of 2014.

It currently holds the title of the most expensive Senate race of the midterms, with outside spending topping the $2 million mark halfway through the cycle.

The race is rated Tilts Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.