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42. NC Dole vs Hagan
Hagan Still Leads Dole in North Carolina Senate Showdown ...

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Democrat Kay Hagan continues to hold on to a modest lead over incumbent United States Senator Elizabeth Dole according to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll in the Tar Heel State.

The new pollconducted Wednesday nightfinds Hagan with 49% of the vote and Dole with 44%. Thats little changed from a week ago when Hagan was on top 48% to 45%. Libertarian Christopher Cole is currently supported by 2% of North Carolina voters.

Doles favorably ratings have fallen just below the 50% mark49% have a favorable opinion of her while 49% offer an unfavorable view. The comparable numbers for Hagan are 50% favorable and 45% unfavorable.

Dole led this race for much of the year, but has fallen behind ever since Lehman Brothers collapsed to start the economic crisis on Wall Street. This is the third Rasmussen Reports poll conducted since Lehman crashed and all three show Dole trailing Hagan. Among voters who view the economy as the top issue of Election 2008, Hagan leads by a two-to-one margin.

Hagan now leads by eight points among women while the two candidates are essentially even among men. Dole leads among those over 50 while trailing among those under 40 (see full demographic crosstabs).

Doles decline follows a national trend that has hurt Republicans across the country. McCain was slightly ahead of Obama just before the financial debacle began but has fallen behind over the past few weeks in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

Adding to Doles problems is the fact that John McCain finds himself in a very tight race with Barack Obama for North Carolinas Electoral College votes. That means Dole cant count on the lift from the top of the ticket usually enjoyed by the states GOP candidates.

Dole is far from the only endangered Republican Senator in Election 2008. Many Republican Senate seats are potentially in play for Democrats including seats in Alaska, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Mississippi, Minnesota and Virginia. Democrats also think they have a shot at seats in Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas.
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