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Dole ad calls challenger 'godless'

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, struggling to win a second term in North Carolina, has run an ad linking her Democratic challenger to an atheist group.

The ad suggests that state Sen. Kay Hagan is "godless." It has infuriated the Sunday school teacher and Presbyterian church elder, The Charlotte Observer reported.

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Speaking to reporters in a conference call, Hagan said that Dole should be "ashamed of herself." She said she would go to court and ask for a cease-and-desist order if the campaign continues to run the commercial -- which Dole aides said is their plan.

"Elizabeth Dole is attacking my strong Christian faith," Hagan said.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and other Democrats held a fundraiser for Hagan in September at the Boston home of Woody Kaplan, a member of the advisory board of Godless Americans Political Action Committee. The group lobbies to end official references to God.

A voice says: "Godless Americans and Kay Hagan. She hid from cameras. Took Godless money. What did Hagan promise in return?"

Kaplan told the Observer he is on the advisory board but is not actively involved.

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Most recent polls give Hagan a slim lead.

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