While GOP candidates battle for the spot on the U.S. Senatorial ticket, incumbent N.C. Sen. Kay Hagan’s approval ratings remain low.
And now a new opponent to Hagan’s seat has emerged — from her own party.
Hagan’s approval rating remains at 41 percent to 50 percent who disapprove of her. This marks the fourth consecutive month she has seen an almost -10 percent net approval rate, according to Public Policy Polling , a left-leaning firm based in Raleigh.
Her new opponent Will Stewart, 31, is an information technology expert with no prior experience in politics.
“Frankly, I’m tired of looking at corporate politicians,” he said. “There’s not really anybody that’s representing the lower and middle class.”
Meanwhile, Republican Bill Flynn, a Winston-Salem radio host, has dropped out of the race.
N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis continues to lead the pack, polling at 20 percent.
He is followed by Greg Brannon and Heather Grant who are both polling at 13 percent. Both candidates gained 2 percent from last month, according to PPP. Ted Alexander, former Shelby mayor, is polling at 10 percent.
Mark Harris, a Baptist pastor, and Edward Kryn, a former physician, trail behind.