Tillis, Hagan gear up for 1st NC Senate debate

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s leading U.S. Senate candidates are finally meeting in person to trade accusations and present their case to voters on live television.

Democrat U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis are slated for three debates in the race for Hagan’s seat. The first comes Wednesday evening at the University of North Carolina Television studios at Research Triangle Park.

The two won their respective primaries in May. Hagan and other Democrats have targeted Tillis as her top rival since he announced his candidacy more than a year ago.

Libertarian nominee Sean Haugh is not participating Wednesday. An attorney for the debate sponsor – the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation – says Haugh didn’t poll sufficiently to qualify.

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