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November 24, 2014

Kay Hagan Raised $2.8 Million for Re-Election in 2014

Kay Hagan Raised $2.8 Million for Re Election in 2014

Kay Hagan raised $2.8 million in the first quarter. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan raised $2.8 million in the first quarter — an impressive sum for the top target of outside spending in the 2014 midterms.

The first-term Democrat ended March with $8.3 million in cash on hand, according to the Hagan campaign. That’s far more than any of her potential Republican opponents are likely to report, though she’s already the target of millions of dollars worth of ads from Americans for Prosperity.

“Kay’s strong fundraising total for the first quarter shows the excitement and momentum behind her campaign,” Hagan spokeswoman Sadie Weiner said. “These funds will ensure the campaign can reach voters in every corner of the state to talk about Kay’s record of putting North Carolina first.”

North Carolina state Speaker Thom Tillis raised $1.3 million in the first quarter and ended March with $1.3 million in the bank, according to a campaign spokesman. Tillis is backed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., but he’s facing a competitive May 6 primary and is likely headed to a July 15 runoff.

The Wall Street Journal first reported Tillis’ first-quarter fundraising total.

The race is rated Tilts Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Democrats on Monday announced strong totals in two other vulnerable states. Louisiana Sen. Mary L. Landrieu announced bringing in $1.8 million and ending the first quarter with $7.5 million in cash on hand, and Colorado Sen. Mark Udall announced raising $2 million and ending the quarter with $5.9 million in the bank.

Both face challenges from Republican members of Congress. Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is taking on Landrieu, announced Monday raising $1.2 million and ending March with $5 million on hand. Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, who is challenging Udall in Colorado, has not yet released first-quarter fundraising numbers.

  • Dave

    The right wing wasted millions of dollars in the 2012 election trying to get Willard elected President. They seem to think throwing tens of millions at an election with negative advertising will do something major. At best, they’ll get a blip, but a bungling candidate like Willard will erase that advantage with one too many foot-in-mouth remarks.

    • INTJ

      While the left wing wasted millions of dollars in the 2012 election getting Hussein elected President with a billion dollars on negative advertising. His one “accomplishment” has had little more effect than resurrect a Republican party that was dead in the water. Cheers.

      • EWS

        Rent is more like it. Resurrection would take having actual policy to run on. Republicans will rent the senate at best until they get clobbered again by the majority of Americans in 2016.

        • INTJ

          That is certainly a possibility. However, if the economy doesn’t pick up by Obama’s 8th year, the presidential election will be uphill for Democrats as well, which is what will have the greatest impact on the 2016 Senate.

          • Dave

            The economy has been picking up every year since Obama has been President. Once again you’re fact impaired.

          • INTJ

            The economy is the single biggest predictor in elections, and a 2.6% average quarterly growth, with an unemployment rate near 7% (more if measured accurately) is, by all historical standards, pretty weak. The perceived inflation rate is also much higher than the CPI being reported. If that data does not improve significantly – and yes, there is still time for it do so before 2016 – history shows it is the President’s party who will be held accountable. I’m sorry your reflexive need to defend the administration blinds you to the political realities and prevents you from having an objective discussion on the subject.

      • johnblack45john

        A billion dollars on negative advertising? You must be confusing him with Mitt “Ritchie Rich” Robme

        • INTJ

          Nope. We’re talking about Barack Hussein “Never Had a Real Job in My Life” Obama, whose campaign spent $1.4 billion dollars in 2008 and 2012. OpenSecrets has the figures.

          • johnblack45john

            Bagger please. So being a lawyer is not a job? You just mad because the only income you get is from penny posting here. And your republicans spent over $400 billion alone in 2012 and kept the house only by gerrymandering and they lost 6 seats off their majority lost seats in the senate and lost the presidency so your point is what exactly?

          • INTJ

            OK, first of all, nobody spent $400 billion on campaigns in 2012, not all of them combined. If you say they do, show your source, but it won’t be real. Secondly, I get no income from any posting, apart from the joy of correcting those who are deeply wrong. Finally, even if – and Sean Trende has proven that it is not – it were the case that gerrymandering was solely responsible for the House Republican majority, you have to ask yourself, how did they win majorities in enough states to do the gerrymandering?

            And no, a lawyer who does not practice law, or a professor who does not teach, is not a real job.

          • johnblack45john

            First off a**hole. President Obama is a lawyer and he practiced law before he entered politics. And the most votes when you total all the votes combines in the US in congressional races the democrats got more votes than republicans. So if you don’t think gerrymandering is not the reason that the republicans still controls the house then you are totally clueless. And their margin in 2012 decreased because they have 6 fewer seats than they did in 2010.

          • INTJ

            First of all, if you can’t make your argument without a personal attack, you have no argument. But I would be pleased to hear about President Obama’s record in court prior to his political career. Secondly, it is true that Republicans lost 6 seats – and I never claimed otherwise – but they still hold one of the largest majorities in party history, though it is not clear why you think that matters in 2014 in a state that voted for Romney in 2012, nor why you can’t explain how they would have gained the majorities necessary to gerrymander in the first place. And the fact that you think gerrymandering is why Democrats can’t win a majority of Congressional districts, rather than the over-concentration of their voters in urban geographical areas, only shows you don’t understand political science in the slightest.

          • johnblack45john

            And they voted for President Obama in 2008. And why can’t you explain why more people across the country in congressional races voted for democrats than republicans and that gerrymandered district is the only reason why they still controls the house. You are the one that don’t understand political science here. Not me.,

          • INTJ

            Yes, North Carolina was less inclined to vote Democrat after 4 years of Obama. And I’ve already explained – but will again for the simple folk – that Democrats’ voters are more concentrated in fewer regions than Republicans’, which is why they can win New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles resoundingly, and have more votes overall, while still losing more actual districts. Again, those who grasp political science understand Sean Trende’s analysis. You have yet to explain how gerrymandering could possibly have the slightest to do with a Senate race, which, of course, was the point of this all. Who will you blame when Hagan loses?

          • johnblack45john

            Republicans in North Carolina were. There. I corrected it for you.. And you explanation is a load of crap. What will be your explanation come the year 2024 when the US Census department estimates that white folks like you who make up better than 90% of the republican party will be thew minority race in this country?. And the old rural white folks will be dead and gone then and the youngerr ones trend to be more liberal and aren’t stuck in a 1920s time warp like you and the rest of the old school republicans. And again it don’t take a rocket scientist on his way to Mars to know that gerrymandering is the ONLY reason republicans control the US House so you can make up lame excuses until the cows come home but the truth is the light of the world. And I never said gerrymandering had anything to do with the senate so quit putting words in my mouth. And who besides you say she will lose?

          • INTJ

            We are talking about a Senate race in North Carolina, yes. Romney won NC in 2012 by getting 141,921 more votes than McCain did in 2008, and Obama getting 35,740 fewer votes than he did in 2008. So yes, after 4 years of Obama, the state was more inclined to vote Republican – even though Democrats have held the registration advantage in the state since Reconstruction.

            I don’t know now what the political landscape will be in 2024. No one does. I do know Democrats have been claiming a “permanent majority” due to demographics since 2006, but it hasn’t quite worked out. Keep in mind that young people tend to grow up. But 2014 is a little closer, and in spite of a multi-million dollar counterpunch against Tillis by the Democratic PAC Senate Majority, RCP says, on average, she trails most of her potential challengers in the polls and has an approval rating in the low 40′s. For anyone actually knowledgeable in politics, that is a giant red flag for an incumbent who doesn’t even have a real opponent yet.

            No one knows for sure who will win, but anyone thinking Hagan does not have a seriously uphill battle is wearing some pretty strong blinders, and certainly not open to reason.

          • johnblack45john

            How do you know what every person in this state was inclined to do? Did you speak to every one of them personally? I don’t recall you speaking to me. And Romney won in NC in 2012 big deal. But did he win the White House? And since republicans took over the state legislature there has been all kinds of buyer’s remorse as they have set this state back 50 years . Every Monday the legislators be in Raleigh is Moral Monday and it has been successful so far. There are people there from all across the state and all walks of life there protesting these congresspeople And you don’t know how the election will turn out in November either so don’t be to sure of yourself in thinking Kay Hagen will loose. She is ahead in all the polls in this state right now despite the Koch Brothers shadow groups telling every lie in the book to defeat her. They have spent in access of $4 million already and she hasn’t even got a confirmed opponent yet as the primary isn’t until next month. People in this state are way too smart to believe all the lies they are spreading and we don’t want the Koch Brother buying our legislators. They own Thom Tillis lock stock and barrel. And nobody said she would easily win this election and she isn’t taking anything for granted that this is a given like republicans seems to be that she will loose.

          • INTJ

            Not sure what you’re looking at, but it isn’t polls. Public Policy Polling (the Democratic pollsters) released the most recent NC poll 3 days ago. Hagan trails every Republican except Tillis, who she leads by 2 after the Democratic PAC Senate Majority’s own “shadow money” ad barrage (ironic, considering those ads are about big money from out of state!). But she isn’t higher than 43% in any of those polls, which is a disaster for an incumbent. SurveyUSA’s poll from a week ago shows her trailing every Republican, including Tillis.

            I’ve already proved the point about NC voters. More people voted Republican in 2012 than in 2008 (and twice as many voted Libertarian than before), and fewer people voted Democrat. The Republicans not only won the majority in 2010, despite their registration disadvantage, but retained it in 2012. I don’t need to speak to every citizen to know which way the sentiments have tilted. As for the protestors, almost no one outside the capital has noticed, and since most of them were bused in from out of state, many of those who have noticed, don’t care. It remains to be seen whether the arrest of the Charlotte mayor depresses Democrats’ turnout in the biggest city or not.

            Hey, I’m not advocating here, just laying out the stark reality. Back to the original point, unless the economy significantly improves, or Obamacare suddenly becomes popular in the state – or at least tolerable – Hagan is not likely to get re-elected, her $8.3 million war chest notwithstanding. A smarter person would stop arguing with me on her long odds, and channel that energy into trying to change them.

          • johnblack45john

            Harry Reid “s super pac can account for where all of their money comes from unlike your republican super pacs. They are so secretive for all we know they may be getting money from the Taliban. And even if she has 43% polling numbers she is still leading all of your republicans. And the only thing you have proved is that you are clueless as well as stupid. And more people may have voted republican in 2012 here than in 2008 and there is also more buyer’s remorse over it. And the only people you speak for are like minded clueless people like you stuck in your 1920s time warp fearing change and the future. Not real North Carolina people. And as for the protestors I was at several of these rallies in Raleigh myself so I can talk what I know unlike you talking what you heard. There was media there from all of the major TV networks as well as the print media. And while there were protestors from other states none of them were bused in as there were no buses to be found nowhere. And the arrest of the Charlotte mayor as much as you hope will have no bearing on the election in November at all. BY then this will be yesterday’s news as most people are not condoning this man or his actions. And your stark reality is just about to be shattered. The economy has improved despite your republican’s obstruction. And Obamacare is taking hold inspite of all the naysayers like you. And again I say you can’t see into the future and Hagen has better odds in this election you give her. Real state citizens of North Carolina want somebody in Washington representing them not the Koch Brothers like Tillis will. And a really smart person (which obviously you are not) would never count their chickens before they hatch.

          • johnblack45john

            And she is NOT trailing any of her opponents.

          • Dave

            Obama has had a number of “real” jobs, including in the private sector. If you did thirteen seconds of research, you’d know that.

          • INTJ

            “Community organizer”? Harvard lecturer? To which position in the private sector are you referring as a “real job”?

          • johnblack45john

            He was a lawyer before he entered politics.

          • INTJ

            I grant that he was a “full-time” junior civil rights lawyer who worked on all of 30 cases in 4 years, but it isn’t clear most people would consider that a “real” job.

          • johnblack45john

            And I’ll take it for granted that you are stuck on stupid. This man practiced law long before he entered politics.

  • INTJ

    Interesting that this is noted “tilts Democrat” when Hagan trails every Republican in the primary in the most recent polls, with her in the mid-40′s, which is death for an incumbent. And her ads bashing outside money will not work too well if she’s getting any of her millions from out of state. Barring a miraculous surge in the economy, and/or a sudden NC love affair with ACA, Hagan is done.

    • EWS

      You should look at the current polls. She is leading all Republicans.

      So it’s ok to be addicted to Koch if your a Republican right?

      • INTJ

        The “current polls” on RCP show Hagan trailing Brannon, Harris, Grant, and Alexander. PPP, which skews left, shows her ahead of Tillis by 2, but SurveyUSA, the only “current” poll with likely voters, shows Tillis up 1. None of them show her higher than 46% at the most optimistic, which is a death sentence for an incumbent senator. The “Koch addiction” here is all yours.

        • johnblack45john

          Total BS. Wishful thinking on your part

    • uhhnahnah

      I remember when Romney was going to roll in 2012.

      • Bergey66

        According to the unskewed polls.

      • INTJ

        I remember that Romney carried North Carolina, which is what we’re talking about here.

        • Dave

          Carrying NC and losing the Presidency is a small consolation prize. It’s the Lee Press-on Nails of politics.

          • INTJ

            Either you didn’t get, or chose to ignore the point, which was that a state that just voted Romney and retained its first Republican legislature since the Civil War, with a history of voting out senators, is a tough election for Hagan.

          • johnblack45john

            And look at all the buyer’s remorse that has set in since.

    • johnblack45john

      What poll are you looking at the one in your vivid imagination?

  • aNativeTexan

    Question? The strong fund raising by Democratic Senators in trouble because of the ACA(obamacare) how much was actually raised in the states they are running in? It seems like the Democratic leadership has been doing a lot of fund raising in places like California, New York, and Washington D.C. it would be nice to know who actually supports these candidates.

    • EWS

      You mean like all the shadowy groups spending money against her? Funny you don’t want to know about them

    • johnblack45john

      At least we know where her money comes from and it is not like the shadow money one of her opponents Thom Tillis has received.

  • Dan Wafford

    $2.8 million? What’s she trying to do, buy the country? Oh, I keep forgetting – it’s only conservative campaign money that’s evil.

    • johnblack45john

      What are your republican Koch Brothers trying to do? They have spent nearly $4 million in ads against her so far and the election isn’t until November. She hasn’t even got a republican challenger because the primary isn’t until May.

      • opinionated1234

        The Koch brothers are 59th on a list of donors to politicians….the others are mostly to democrats….George Soros being one of the biggest donators, Warren Buffett being another, the Unions gave $520 MILLION IN THE LAST ELECTION….COME ON GIVE US A BREAK!!! IT GOES BOTH WAYS.

        • JoeBethersonton

          That’s because they prefer to broadcast their own ads via their various PACs.

        • johnblack45john

          None of the people you mentioned are trying to buy a Us congress or the presidency. And why is it that baggers are quick to point out Soros? And the koch Brothers and all the rest of the republican super pacs spent $400 million and got nothing for their money. They barely held on to the house (thanks to gerrymandering) didn’t get the senate or the White House. I would say that this was wasted money.

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