EMILY's List is launching $3 million worth of efforts to reelect Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganNC state senator meets with DSCC as Dems eye challenge to Tillis GOP, Dems locked in fight over North Carolina fraud probe 2020 Dems compete for top campaign operatives MORE (D-N.C.), kicking off with an ad attacking House Speaker Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisDems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration GOP senator dedicates heart photo to wife from Senate floor for Valentine's Day MORE (R) on education cuts.


The group, which supports pro-abortion rights Democratic women, will be a major player in a race that's already featured more than $10 million in outside spending.

Its first ad of the broader effort goes after Tillis for helping to pass a budget that includes education cuts that also included "tax breaks for yachts and jets."

"I love teaching. I can’t imagine doing anything else. But with a baby on the way, I don’t have a lot of extra money. On top of it all, I have to buy supplies for my classroom. And my classroom is getting a lot more crowded," says a North Carolina teacher identified as Jasmine in the ad.

"Speaker Thom Tillis cut almost $500 million from education causing crowded classrooms, and forcing teachers to pay more out-of-pocket for school supplies, while Tillis protected tax breaks for yachts and jets," the narrator says.

Tillis and Hagan have been neck-and-neck in polls in a crucial battle for Senate control.