• A poll of polls compiled by American Insights found the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis in a dead heat, with each getting 42-percent support. Some polls do not include Libertarian Sean Haugh.

• At a Saturday rally in Wilmington, Hagan went after Tillis and the General Assembly for failing to provide adequate financial supports for teachers even though the recently signed budget includes an average 7.2-percent pay raise.

• Meantime, Tillis notes that no bills bearing Hagan’s name as a lead sponsor have been enacted into law during her nearly six years in the Senate. The analysis of Hagan and other freshmen senators was done by The Washington Times.

• 6th District congressional contenders Laura Fjeld, a Democrat, and Mark Walker, a Republican, have agreed to two televised debates. One will take place Oct. 29 and be televised on WGHP, the Triad Fox affiliate. The other will be held in the Triangle at a date and with a sponsor to be determined.