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NC Tea Party US Senate candidate gaining ground in the polls

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CARY, N.C. -

The messy rollout of Obamacare is hurting some of its strongest supporters including Sen. Kay Hagan. Her poll numbers are dipping to new lows and her GOP challengers are gaining ground, especially one unlikely Tea Party candidate.

Of all the GOP candidates challenging Kay Hagan for a U.S. Senate seat, Greg Brannon, an OBGYN from Cary, was the least known until now.

"I've been so honored to have the opportunity to live in this great Country and this great State. It's my time to give back," said Brannon.

Brannon was recently endorsed by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and conservative pundit Ann Coulter. The most recent Democratic leaning public policy polling numbers shows that the Senate race has tightened considerably.

Brannon beat out prominent GOP challengers as the most likely Republican to best incumbent Hagan.

"I've delivered 9,000 babies. I love my job. I am not a politician. I consider that a four letter word. I'm going to be doing just what I did in the last 25 years – be a servant citizen and honor my oath. I understand that Constitution backwards and forwards," said Brannon.

N.C. State political science professor Steven Greene said, "It is safe to say that Thom Tillis has a much better chance. But if you're Kay Hagan, you've got to be pretty happy about Brannon doing well in the polls."

Greene said of Brannon's growing popularity that much of it is thanks to all the Tea Party energy in the Right, but he said that connection alone will also make it harder for more moderate voters to vote for him.

"He's not the most electable general election candidate for Republicans," said Greene. 

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