Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election campaign is redoubling its focus on rival Thom Tillis even though it's still unclear whether the state House speaker will survive the Republican primary.
Hagan told The Associated Press on Friday her campaign will begin next week a new initiative that seeks to etch into voters' minds a link between Tillis and the conservative financiers of Americans for Prosperity. The campaign says it will include social media ads seeking to connect Tillis to the Koch (coke) brothers on policies.
Americans for Prosperity already has spent millions on ads critical of Hagan and the health care overhaul law but is barred from formally working with a candidate.
Hagan also said in the interview she would welcome President Barack Obama to campaign with her this year.
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)