JLF’s John Hood offers up a very early preview of the 2014 U.S. Senate race. A highlight:
Once the legislature adjourns — in early July, let’s say — expect a sudden change of focus. The biggest political story in North Carolina will be the Republican contest to take on Sen. Kay Hagan in 2014. The story isn’t unrelated to the legislature, obviously. House Speaker Thom Tillis seems poised to run for the GOP nomination. Some say Senate leader Phil Berger is also interested.
Legislators won’t have the field to themselves, however. U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, the second-term Republican from the 2nd District, is seriously looking at the race, with active encouragement from North Carolina and Washington. Perhaps other candidates will join her.