In case you are too busy to read the whole article here is the take away: Kay Hagan is leading by a sustained 2% margin. This is not a flash +2, which changes from day to day based on newsworthiness and demographics within North Carolina-this is a sustained +2 from registered voters in North Carolina, who report that they are likely to vote in the general election.
If you are a North Carolina Democrat, here is some really good news that should start your week out right. Kay Hagan, the 60 year old North Carolina Democratic Sen. from Shelby has a sustained lead over would be Republican primary nominee Thom Tillis with a +2.
Recent political advertisements coupled with the more resilient and assertive Kay Hagan, has not only put her over the top in flash polls but according to the website election projection, she is that a sustained +2. So what does all this mean?
Well, for one thing it means that North Carolina voters are not necessarily buying into the Republican demagoguery purported by such political action committees as Americans for prosperity and Karl Rove’s American crossroads. The North Carolina tea party and their associated Republican counterparts have made considerable effort to label Kay Hagan as they spend and tax Democrat. But more than anything else, they have tried to pin her to the president’s affordable care act. Knowing that currently 54% of North Carolina voters do not like the health insurance plan.
Over the last month, Hagan has become more forceful in her partisan rhetoric not only relating to health care but also on education, taxing the 1%, foreign affairs and veteran rights. One of the things that is beginning to give me hope is that Hagan seems to have taken anymore asserted interest in the decision-making process within her own campaign. Sources close to her campaign are now saying that she is no longer passive with her handlers. And she is much more apt to ask questions and lead the role in the decision-making process.
Overall North Carolina voters report that they are less enthusiastic about party affiliation and more concerned about a candidate’s ability to be able to create jobs within the state. In North Carolina as well is nationally it’s about jobs, jobs, jobs! Recently it was reported that North Carolina had the highest unemployment rate in the country, sustained over a 12 month average. This directly goes against what the North Carolina Republicans have been saying since 2011. Republicans want voters to believe that GOP economic policy, coupled with the tax decreases for the wealthiest North Carolinians have made the unemployment numbers go down. Statistics have shown that over the last 12 months that has not been the case.
Not only does North Carolina suffer the highest unemployment rate, but over 500,000 of our most needy are disenfranchised within the healthcare system for political reasons. Specifically, the lack of expansion of Medicaid has already cost North Carolina hundreds of millions of dollars-and it is projected that it will cost North Carolina over $4 billion over the next 10 years.
A plausible strategy, if utilized within the Hagan campaign, would be to embrace the affordable care act as an economic advantage in North Carolina-thus creating jobs, sustaining the infrastructure of our rural health clinics in bringing immediate cash flow to economically depressed areas that typically go unnoticed.