RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina is accusing Republican challenger Thom Tillis of taking the state backward by supporting tax cuts over help for students and women. Tillis says Hagan would be a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama, an approach he says doesn't work in the state.
The two clashed Wednesday night in the first of three debates in a key battleground in the fight for Senate control.
Tillis is one of the GOP's top prospects for helping gain the six seats required to win the majority. Two months before the election, polling suggests that the race is a toss-up. It's one of the most expensive Senate races in the nation.
Obama won North Carolina in 2008, but narrowly lost it to Republican Mitt Romney four years later.
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