What's At Stake In Tonight's North Carolina Senate Debate

The Republican path to the Senate majority has hit resistance in North Carolina.

— -- The Republican path to the Senate majority has met stubborn resistance in North Carolina.

With little room for error, Hagan, 61, has balanced the defense of her record with criticism of Tillis for the state legislature’s rightward shift. She's focused on controversial public education spending and Tillis' record on women's issues, which has helped her build a sizable lead among registered female voters, who outnumber men in the Tar Heel State.

Tonight’s debate gives Tillis and Hagan a chance to build momentum for the final stretch of a race that remains too close to call, the kind of momentum that that outside spending and popular surrogates can’t buy. Turnout will be key come Nov. 4, and many voters are still searching for a reason to vote -- for and against -- the candidates on the ballot.

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