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Senator-Elect Kay Hagan of North Carolina won her race over one-term Republican incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Dole by a surprisingly strong margin, 53% to 44%, although Dole was initially favored to win reelection.

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.

Comments

December 11, 2008 at 10:27 pm
(1) Robert Hamer says:

I will never respect Kay Hagan. How can I think highly of someone who clearly hates me and doesn’t believe that I am a good American?

December 12, 2008 at 11:33 am
(2) usliberals says:

Robert, that’s awful. I don’t blame you if she looks down on some Americans. Did I miss something about Kay Hagan? Please fill me in.

December 12, 2008 at 10:32 pm
(3) Robert Hamer says:

What alienated me from her was her reaction to Elizabeth Dole’s “Godless” attack ad. She denied them, as she should have, but then went right along with Liddy Dole in bashing and insulting atheists, just to make sure that everyone knew she wasn’t one of “them”.

Like you, I was very impressed with Colin Powell’s explanation for why he was voting for Barack Obama. I was especially moved by what he said about accusations of Barack Obama being a Muslim, “Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian, but the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America.” Kay Hagan had a real opportunity to act like a leader and shut down not only the lies of the Dole campaign, but the bigotry as well, and she blew it. What if Hagan had reacted in the same inflammatory way if Dole accused her of being Jewish, or being Mormon? Don’t get me wrong, Dole is far worse and I’m glad that she lost, but that doesn’t mean her replacement is much better.

I am currently signed on to serve eight years of my life to military service after I graduate from college. I have never committed a crime in my life and have given back to the community many times, and I plan to continue to do so. Some of my best friends are deeply religious. So I want to know why people like Elizabeth Dole, Kay Hagan, and George H.W. Bush think I’m not a good person or a good American simply because I believe in one less god than they do!

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