Fox News reports the latest from the tight race in North Carolina:
Republican leaders had ticketed Thom Tillis as their best hope to unseat incumbent North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan — but a month before voters go to the polls Tillis still is trailing, and his campaign is cranking up its attacks on Hagan’s Senate record by questioning her national security credentials in light of the growing Islamic State threat.
Tillis, the state House speaker, is turning up the heat in the final weeks. He’s bringing in party luminaries for campaign cameos, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush last week. And he’s hitting his Democratic opponent hard on foreign policy — specifically, how one of the world’s fastest-growing terror groups went largely ignored by lawmakers in Washington.
On Monday, Tillis’ camp released a new 30-second ad that hammers Hagan for missing several Senate Armed Service Committee hearings while the Islamic State threat mounted. It accuses Hagan of missing half the committee hearings this year, suggesting both she — and President Obama — were sitting back at a critical time.