The PJ Tatler

Hagan Ousted in North Carolina

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) was defeated by GOP challenger Thom Tillis tonight.

Tillis, the speaker of the state House of Representatives, had 49 percent compared to Hagan’s 47 with 98 percent of precincts reporting.

President Obama recorded a last-minute radio ad for Hagan, calling the incumbent “tireless” in “creating job opportunities here at home and supporting a higher minimum wage.”

“But Republicans have been cutting investments in education while protecting tax breaks for the wealthy, so let’s send them a message by voting for someone who shares our priorities,” the ad continued. “Voting is easy, so stand with me, President Obama, and take responsibility in moving North Carolina forward by voting for Kay Hagan on Nov. 4. A Senator you can count on.”

The polls were too close to call as voting booths opened.

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) also held onto her seat after a challenge from singer Clay Aiken. Ellmers won 59-41 percent over the Democrat.