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North Carolina Senate race: GOPer Thom Tillis attacks Dem Kay Hagan on ISIS

Rise of ISIS shapes NC Senate battle

The intense battle for North Carolina's U.S. Senate seat is being touted as one of the most crucial elections in the GOP's quest to take back control of the Senate. Republican Thom Tillis (North Carolina's House Speaker), who is trailing in the most recent polls, launched an attack this week on Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan's Senate record "by questioning her national security credentials in light of the growing Islamic State threat."

The Tillis campaign has released an attack ad targeting Hagan for being a part of the Democratic-controlled Senate that allegedly joined President Obama in dismissing ISIS as a "jayvee team." The 30-second ad also criticizes Hagan for missing half of meetings of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"While ISIS grew, Obama kept waiting and Kay Hagan kept quiet," the ad announces. "The price for their failure is danger."

Sunday's CNN/ORC poll has Hagan up by three percentage points (46-43).