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Poll: Hagan Trails Republican Challenger Among Hispanic Voters

Ben Smith Contributor

A new poll shows that incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan from North Carolina is struggling with Hispanics in the Tar Heel state. This comes as national Hispanic groups bash Hagan for her immigration vote.

Hagan’s support among North Carolina Hispanics sits at 25 percent compared to her Republican challenger state House Speaker Thom Tills, whose support is at 44 percent. The Libertarian candidate polls at one percent while 30 percent remain undecided. (RELATED: New Polls: Obama Losing, GOP Gaining, On Immigration)

The new poll, released by Time Warner Cable News, surveyed 554 likely North Carolina voters and has 4.2 percent margin of error.

It comes on the heels of backlash of several Hispanic groups coming out against Democrats, including Hagan. The national Hispanic group Presente Action has released a new ad on Hispanic North Carolina radio stations and Facebook hammering Hagan. (RELATED: Kay Hagan’s Son Is CEO Of Company That Got Stimulus Money)

Presente Action has been hitting Hagan on what they call a failure to find solutions on immigration reform and working against change over the past few weeks. “When there was a solution within reach, Sen. Kay Hagan stood opposed,” a transcript of the radio ad reads. The Facebook ad also encourages members of the Hispanic community to vote against her.

Presente Ad attacking Kay Hagan. The ads have been seen across the Hispanic community across North Carolina (Photo Facebook: via Ben Smith)

Presente Ad attacking Kay Hagan. The ads have been seen in the Hispanic community across North Carolina (Photo Facebook: via Ben Smith)

Hagan is not alone in getting hit by Presente Action, with Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor, Mary Landrieu and Jeanne Shaheen using the same attack line.

In an interview with WXII 12 News, one group members claimed that Hagan was “throwing the members of this community under the bus,” and therefore does not deserve the Hispanic vote.