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April 28, 2014


Democrats' Turnout Problem Is Worst in North Carolina

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) "seems as if she should be part of the firewall in the Democrats' bid to retain the Senate, considering that incumbents tend to win re-election in states that are competitive in presidential elections," Nate Cohn writes.

"But Ms. Hagan is far more vulnerable than she appears at first glance. North Carolina might be the state where Democrats suffer the most from low midterm turnout. The state is divided between older, culturally Southern and conservative voters, and younger, more diverse and more liberal voters, especially around the Research Triangle and Charlotte."

"In presidential elections, those two groups fight nearly to a draw. In midterm elections, when older voters turn out at much higher rates than younger ones, the Republicans have a big advantage."












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