RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Sen. Elizabeth Dole is airing a new ad that questions her rival's ties to an atheist political group as a new poll shows the Republican incumbent apparently behind in her first bid for re-election.
Dole's ad questions why state Sen. Kay Hagan would attend a fundraiser at the home of a man who serves as an adviser to the "Godless Americans Political Action Committee." That group mobilizes atheists for political action to emphasize the separation of church and state.
Hagan is a Christian and plans to hold a news conference Wednesday with her pastor and family to respond to what she called an attack on her faith.
The ad comes as a new Associated Press-GfK poll out Wednesday shows Hagan with a slight advantage over Dole, 47 percent to 43 percent.
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