Americans for Prosperity, a group co-founded by the conservative billionaires, has already dropped $8.2 million on TV, radio and digital ads in an effort to defeat the North Carolina Democrat. According to sources tracking media buys, the group has so far spent more in North Carolina than all Democratic outside groups in every Senate race in the country—combined.The Kochs saw North Carolina as a key state to take over early, and it was one of the first states where they set down their astroturf. Among their victories, with the help of Tillis, was rejecting Medicaid expansion. They've done a good job taking over North Carolina. And now, thanks to the Supreme Court and its Citizens United decision, the Koch brothers can spend every grimy cent they have on installing their lackeys in the U.S. Senate. There's little question that that's the ultimate aim of their relentless assault on Hagan.
And while AFP won’t predict the amount it will ultimately spend in North Carolina, if the conservative group keeps the same pace, it’ll spend more than $27 million by Election Day in the Tar Heel State. That’s more than twice what any outside group has spent in the past dozen years in North Carolina congressional races. [...]
Hagan’s popularity has taken a hit just as the onslaught by the Koch group has intensified, with a solid lead dropping her to about even with her prospective foes in the polls. Hagan still has hopes that a messy GOP primary will damage the leading GOP candidates—Tillis, obstetrician Greg Brannon or Baptist pastor Mark Harris—and that their far-right positions will be rejected by voters in a state that has seen sharp shifts in public opinion. Her campaign has about five times more money than the most well-funded GOP candidate, Tillis, giving Democrats hope that the eventual GOP nominee will be easy to define in the eyes of voters as the election draws nearer.
“No one in the country has gone to the mat for the Koch brothers the way Thom Tillis did in the North Carolina Legislature,” said Matt Canter, a DSCC spokesman.