Here’s a wake up call for all the 2014 GOP Senate candidates:
* Do you recognize the name Thom Tillis? 70% no.
* Do you recognize the name Mark Harris? 80.5% no.
* Do you recognize the name Greg Brannon? 88% no.
Each is an announced candidate for Sen. Kay Hagan’s seat. While Hagan has her own issues to deal with, her GOP opponents have a long way to go to get the attention of the electorate, according to the latest Elon University Poll.
Only Tillis holds statewide office — he is speaker of the N.C. House — but given the number of registered voters who don’t pay close attention to the goings on in Raleigh, that doesn’t appear to be a big advantage. It likely does, however, in the fund-raising game.
Expect the GOP field to begin clearing up in a few months. The primary election is only six months away.
— John Robinson