Incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan’s poor national security record helped propel Thom Tillis to victory in the North Carolina Senate race on Tuesday, Executive Director of North Carolina’s Republican Party, Todd Poole, told RIA Novosti.
“Kay Hagan skipping out on a very important classified ISIS [Islamic State] briefing and putting her fundraising ahead of the safety and security of the United States didn’t play well with the voters back in North Carolina,” Poole said.
Poole also pointed out that Hagan voted with President Barack Obama’s «failed liberal agenda» 96% of the time, a fact that was poorly received in North Carolina. Tillis will not make the same mistake as Hagan when it comes to national security, he added.
“Thom Tillis is going to show up to his meetings and he’s not going to put his personal agenda ahead of the safety and security of Americans,” Poole stated.
Tuesday’s elections will determine 36 senate seats. The Republicans need to secure 51 out of 100 seats to control the upper house of US Congress, where Democrats currently have a 55 — 45 majority.
According to NBC News, the GOP is also projected to maintain a majority in the US House of Representatives. Early projections show Republicans could add 10 seats to their current majority of 233 seats. All 435 seats of the House are up for reelection.