Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) leads her Republican opponent in the North Carolina race for U.S. Senate by 21 points among women, a new Rasmussen poll released on Thursday found.
Hagan leads House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) among women voters 51 percent to 30 percent, the poll found. Another 6 percent said they prefer another candidate and 13 percent said they were unsure.
The findings are particularly notable given how much gender issues have played a role in the North Carolina Senate race. Hagan’s campaign has relentlessly hit Tillis on moves to restrict abortion and to cut funding for Planned Parenthood while in the state legislature. Tillis, meanwhile, recently began touting his support for easier access to over-the-counter contraception.
Hagan also leads 45 to 39 among likely voters while another 6 percent said they support another candidate and 9 percent who said they are undecided. That’s a flip from a month ago when 45 percent said they supported Tillis and 40 percent said they supported Hagan.
With voters who say they definitely will vote on Election Day, Hagan leads by a slim 45 percent to 43 percent.
The Rasmussen poll was conducted among 1,000 likely voters between Sept. 8 and Sept. 10. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
The TPM Polltracker finds Hagan with a 2.6 point lead over Tillis.