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Posted October 7, 2014 6:00 p.m. EDT

Hagan, Tillis engage in first debate

Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis will meet for the second time Tuesday night in their last chance to go one on one before the Nov. 4 election.

They'll join Libertarian Sean Haugh for a third and final debate in Wilmington on Thursday.

Hagan and Tillis – as well as the groups that support them – have been busy lobbing criticisms back and forth all year. That's given political reporters some time to fact-check many of these claims, which are likely to show up again in Tuesday's hour-long debate, which is moderated by ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos.

One theme likely to emerge in the debate is foreign policy, where both candidates have stepped up the rhetoric as of late. A line of attack tying Hagan to President Barack Obama and criticizing her for not keeping the president in check is familiar territory for Tillis, who has taken similar tacks on health care, immigration and other policy issues. For her part, Hagan says that it is Tillis who does not have a plan to confront foreign threats, while she has served in high-profile committees in the U.S. Senate.

Search our collection of fact-checks, pulled from @NCCapitol and other publications, by topic and verdict below and fact-check the candidates along with our news team.

You can also use Twitter to follow our political team's live updates starting with the debate at 7 p.m. Tuesday and watch live coverage on television, online and through the WRAL mobile app.

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