Democrats and Republicans prepare for U.S. Senate race

Sen. Kay Hagan and U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis.

Sen. Kay Hagan and U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Both political parties are meeting in opposite corners of the state this weekend to fire up their supporters, according to WTVD-TV.

They are 300 miles apart, but both parties are doing the same thing: celebrating their goals and revving up for the U.S. Senate race.

Democrats and Republicans are highlighting the crucial Senate race between Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and her Republican challenger, state house speaker Thom Tillis.

Months away from that senate race, both parties say they have a winner.

“We have an incredible opportunity to pick up a seat in North Carolina and in doing so we may very well win the Senate back for the Republicans,” said Claude Pope, chairman of the NC Republican Party.

In their fight for the seat, Republicans hope to use fuel, like the troubled start of the Affordable Care Act. While Democrats plan on using what they call a poor legislative record for Tillis.

“We’re thrilled to go up against Thom Tillis,” said Patsy Keever, First Vice Chair of the NC Democratic Party. “Thom Tillis is the leader of the state house and he has been the leader of so much legislation that has taken things away from people.”

Keever referred to the protests and cuts over things like Medicaid, education, and unemployment benefit — things she says will be the Republican hurdle in taking the seat from Senator Hagan.

Still, the Republican party is just as confident and hope to sway voters just enough to win North Carolina this fall.

Tillis will give his candidate acceptance speech at the Republican Convention in Cherokee, while Sen. Hagan will speak at the annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner Saturday night.

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