Hagan is tied to the president in a new GOP ad. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis is going up with a new ad Tuesday to combat Democratic ads attacking him for cuts to education.
The state House speaker faces Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in one of the most competitive races and likely the most expensive. The ad is the first of a $1.4 million coordinated buy with the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Democrats have reserved $9.1 million in air time through the election. The party’s first two ads focused on cuts to education made by the legislature under Tillis’ leadership.
Tillis rebuts those claims in the new ad, in which he illustrates on a classroom whiteboard how often Hagan votes with President Barack Obama.
“A 7 percent pay raise,” Tillis says. “That’s what we passed this year for North Carolina teachers. That’s simple math, but math is lost on Sen. Hagan. She’s misleading you about me to hide her own partisan record.”
The race is rated Tilts Democrat by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.