Hagan to take on Dole

State Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganTillis trails Democratic challenger by 7 points in North Carolina poll North Carolina businessman will challenge Tillis in GOP primary Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 MORE (D) announced Tuesday that she has entered the race for the seat of Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.).

“To make a difference in North Carolina, we need change in Washington,” Hagan said. “We need a senator to make our voice heard. We need a senator who will stand up, lead and make a difference. That’s what I’ve done, and it's what I’m going to keep doing in Washington.”

Hagan’s entry comes after a long list of candidates turned down the chance to take on Dole next year. Hagan had said earlier this month that she would not run.