NC Senate candidates battle in their 1st debate

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Associated Press

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 4 at 10:31 AM

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (AP) — The first debate between Democratic North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis brought uncomfortable moments for each but also the chance to present positive images to voters.

Hagan had to explain during Wednesday night's televised debate why state residents saw their policies canceled under the federal health care overhaul for which she voted. Tillis had to defend the GOP legislature's education budgets against accusations cuts are hurting classroom instruction.

The hour-long debate marked the first major post-Labor Day event of a national struggle between the political parties for Senate control. Republicans must gain six seats to win the Senate majority and have long listed North Carolina as a top target.

Their next debate is set for Oct. 7.

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