Hagan is a well-respected, if non-controversial, ten-year member of the North Carolina State Senate, where she has proven particularly adept at budgetary and fiscal matters. She also garnered plenty of home state support due to her heartfelt commitment to "keeping North Carolina the most military-friendly state in the country."
But Hagan's win was helped by Elizabeth Dole's messy, heavy-handed campaign tactics and lack of rapport with voters.
Kay Hagan's November 4th victory was also fueled, in part, by Barack Obama's appeal and many campaign appearances in the Tar Heel state, and by the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee's decision to spend more funds on the North Carolina Senate race than any other in the 2008 election cycle.
Nonetheless, Kay Hagan didn't win this seat handily... the largest margin of victory in North Carolina for a senate contest in 30 years... because she got lucky.
Hailing from a political family, Hagan has always evidenced talent, instinct and love for politics and political involvement, which included interning on Capitol Hill in the 1970s as a Senate elevator operator. Her earliest childhood political memory is of placing bumper stickers on cars for her uncle, the late Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles.
Take a few minutes to read about a rising Democrat who is undoubtedly destined to become a top leader in the U.S. Senate, Profile of Sen.-Elect Kay Hagan of North Carolina.