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May 6th, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Roundtable: Senate up for grabs, Jeb Bush tops poll, Lewinsky returns

(CNN) – Election day is still six months away, but in many ways the political season, and the battle for control of the U.S. Senate, starts today in North Carolina, where it's primary day.

Voters are heading to the polls to decide the most important race you've never heard of, a race where three main challengers are vying for a chance to knock off incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan.

The Republican establishment has bet big on state house speaker Thom Tillis. Marquee names like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and, as of yesterday, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, are in Tillis' corner. The main goal is to avoid a run-off that would drag out the primary season another two months.

But not so fast. The Republican party's feisty grassroots wings are making this almost as nasty as the Duke-UNC rivalry

CNN political analyst Gloria Borger and The New York Time' Jonathan Martin dissect the latest political news.

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