North Carolina: Poll Shows Hagan Lead in Upcoming Primary

Posted April 30, 2008 at 6:38pm

State Sen. Kay Hagan (D) held a double-digit lead a week out from the Tar Heel State’s May 6 Democratic Senate primary, according to a new SurveyUSA poll.

In the automated survey of 727 likely voters, 38 percent picked Hagan and 17 percent chose investment adviser Jim Neal (D). The poll, taken April 26-28, had a 3.7-point margin of error.

But perhaps more importantly, the automated survey suggested 35 percent of likely voters were still undecided on the race.

Hagan also received a boost on Monday with an endorsement from Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D). “She’s been in my district, going to churches with me and talking to voters who are concerned about their future and that of their children,” Butterfield said in a statement. “What’s clear to me is that she is the real deal: she’s bright, she listens and she is ready to go head-to-head with [Sen.] Elizabeth Dole (R) to fight for working families and people all across this state.”

House Leaders Trying to Fatten Kissell Account

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) hosted a fundraiser Wednesday night for 8th district House candidate Larry Kissell (D) in Washington, D.C.

Democratic leaders and Tar Heel State House Members will also host an event for Kissell on Saturday in Raleigh.

Kissell, who nearly knocked off Rep. Robin Hayes (R) last cycle, is taking another shot at Hayes’ title this November, but appears to be slouching on the fundraising front.

Kissell had just $131,000 in cash as of April 16, compared with Hayes’ $987,000.

— Matthew Murray