People in Politics September 27, 2014 Print
People In Politics
Friday, 26 September 2014 07:34

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It's he said/she said as the U.S. Senate race advertising wars gear up for the final weeks of the midterm campaign. Between outside groups and the campaigns themselves, it's hard to keep the charges and counter-charges straight. Carolina Journal Managing Editor Rick Henderson joins host Donna Martinez with a look at the ad wars, as well as why Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan's campaign is scoring points with an allegation that Republican opponent Thom Tillis cut $300 million from the state's education budget. The two also discuss the help Tillis is getting from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and current Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Then the focus turns to the third candidate in the race, Libertarian Sean Haugh. Henderson gives Martinez the details of two Facebook dustups Haugh was caught up in this week in which he lashed out at a Tillis supporter and at Republicans in general. Then the subject turns to the 6th District congressional race, where Democratic candidate Laura Fjeld is capitalizing on a comment about Mexico made by her Republican opponent Mark Walker. Next is a look at the outside money that's flowing into North Carolina for the midterms, much of it to Democratic candidates. Matt Bales, research director for the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation, details the numbers with Martinez and explains why he thinks Democrats are on the winning end of the outside money game. That's followed by a look at new voter registration numbers released by the state Board of Elections, and new data on the record-breaking number of early voting sites that will be operating beginning next month. And finally, Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling explains the consistency of polling from a variety of firms that keeping track of the Hagan/Tillis/Haugh Senate race.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 07:35