Incumbent U.S. Senator Kay Hagan meets her challenger state House Speaker Thom Tillis in their first debate tonight. It will be streamed live at 7pm on WLOS.com and can be seen on ABC 13 at 8pm.
Political experts say it's a hotly contested and expensive race that could help decide the balance of power in the US Senate. Republicans need to win 6 seats to take a majority in the chamber and the North Carolina race is considered to be a toss up.
The debate is the first chance voters get to see the candidates outside of their TV ads which have flooded airwaves in recent weeks.
By Frank Fraboni