Hagan 2014 Senate Race

Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis shake hands after the debate at UNC-TV Wednesday night.
Mike Oniffrey / UNC-TV

Democratic Senator Kay Hagan and Republican state Speaker of the House Thom Tillis held their first televised debate Wednesday night. The race is one of a handful of closely watched contests across the country that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate next year.

The debate was a fast-paced hour of topics that ran the gamut from health care to foreign policy.

Photo: The Goodwin House
North Carolina Democratic Party

The new executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party is looking to revamp how the party raises money -- as it faces more than a year of leadership turnover, fundraising troubles and distancing from the re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

U. S. Senator Kay Hagan
Jessica Jones

Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan officially filed for re-election in Raleigh yesterday.

She visited the state Board of Elections with her husband and campaign workers, who then stood behind her as she spoke with reporters about her race to keep her seat in the Senate.

Hagan was surrounded by photographers and videographers from the moment she entered the Board of Elections building in Raleigh.

"Good afternoon everybody," the senator said as she walked in the door.