Yep, Kay Hagan's running for reelection
GREENSBORO, Jan 23, 2013 (News & Record - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
You're ready for the 2014 election season to start, right
Then you're in luck. One half of what will likely be North Carolina's highest-profile race is set. U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Greensboro Democrat, will stand for re-election, she said this week.
The issue was briefly in question because Politico, a national online political outlet, presented Hagan on Monday as an example of senators who "are cagey about their intentions this far away from the next election, even if they are widely expected to run."
Hagan had dodged Politico's question about her 2014 intentions, saying she was focused on "the tasks at hand" in Congress and particularly on the fiscal cliff. Politico's story got passed around on the Internet, but Hagan had already told a Hendersonville radio station that, yes, she'll seek another term in two years.
Her office confirmed that to the News & Record this morning.
"The last thing North Carolinians want right now is more election talk," Hagan spokeswoman Mary Hanley said in an email. "Sen. Hagan is doing the job the people of North Carolina elected her to do, and she's squarely focused on finding a bipartisan solution to avert the fiscal cliff and sequestration. But yes, she does plan on running for reelection in 2014, and when the time comes for the campaign, she'll be ready."
A number of Republicans have been mentioned as potential challengers, including N.C. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, has also been mentioned, but he told the News & Record earlier this year that he didn't plan to run.
Whoever faces Hagan is likely to have a lot of outside support. She's considered particularly vulnerable, given the fact that Mitt Romney won North Carolina during this month's presidential elections and given the general rise of GOP electoral fortunes in the state.
There's already a commercial campaign related to the race. The American Petroleum Institute has been running television ads suggesting that Hagan not raise "job-killing energy taxes" on energy companies.
Contact Travis Fain at 373-4476 or follow @travisfain on Twitter.
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