These are trying times for Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole, who is facing an unexpectedly stiff challenge from Democratic state Sen. Kay Hagan of Greensboro.
Few people in American politics can match Dole's blue-chip resume:
White House aide, transportation secretary, labor secretary, American Red Cross president, U.S. senator, presidential candidate and spouse of a presidential candidate.
She played important roles in requiring brake lights on cars, privatizing national freight railroad and pressuring states to raise the drinking age. Even in the current anti-Washington climate, Dole thinks her experience in heading giant organizations should count for something with voters.