The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is reserving between $6 million and $6.5 million worth of North Carolina television time, an NRSC source confirms to The Hill.
The major investment would help boost North Carolina House Speaker Thom TillisThom R. TillisDem pushed plan for both sides to admit to abusing Senate rules: report Overnight Defense: FBI chief confirms Trump campaign, Russia probe | Senators push for Afghan visas | Problems persist at veterans' suicide hotline Senators ask to include visas for Afghans in spending bill MORE (R) against Sen. Kay HaganKay HaganLinking repatriation to job creation Former Sen. Kay Hagan in ICU after being rushed to hospital GOP senator floats retiring over gridlock MORE (D-N.C.). Tillis has trailed Hagan by a narrow margin in most polls.
Tillis released an internal poll last week that found Hagan leading by 44 to 42 percent.
Republicans have expressed some frustration with Tillis's campaign, especially his weak fundraising, and Hagan has been able to maintain a small lead in the race partly by outspending him on television. But many Republican strategists have said — and this big buy confirms — that they believe if they can even out the air war that Tillis still has a real shot at victory.