2020 Election

Republican Primary Face-off In Swing House District 35.

NC House 35 has been unique as a swing district. Despite its potential to elect a representative from either major party, it took longer for the Republican party to recruit a candidate to challenge the Democratic incumbent than it did in other districts with the potential for seats to flip. Additionally, the Republicans have fielded…

Republican Candidates For Lt. Governor Hope To Stand Out In Debate

Seven of the nine Republicans hoping to be the next Lt. Governor for North Carolina met in a debate hosted by the Harnett County Republican Party at Campbell University and moderated by Fmr. Rep. Allen West along with two other local figures. Candidates Fmr. U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers and State Senator Andy Wells were not…

Barrett Endorses Wadsworth

James Barrett, a candidate in the Democratic primary for Superintendent of Public Instruction, has taken the somewhat unusual step of endorsing a candidate in another primary. On December 21st Jenna Wadsworth, a candidate in the Democratic primary for Commissioner of Agriculture, got into a back and forth with a Democratic activist on Twitter and Barrett…

Voter ID Law Takes Center Stage in AG Race

Sam Hayes, a Republican candidate for Attorney General, took to Twitter on New Year’s Eve, calling on incumbent AG Josh Stein to appeal a ruling that blocked North Carolina from requiring voters to present an ID at the polls during the primary in March. In 2018 North Carolinians approved an amendment to the State Constitution…

Unexpected, Lively Primary for NC House 3

NC House District 3 will be the site of a lively primary in the spring, though it is expected to remain a safe Republican seat in 2020. Incumbent Michael Speciale cleared the way for a four-way primary after announcing his retirement from the House. Speciale is a favorite of the NC Republican Liberty Caucus, consistently…

House District 64 Primary Preview

In other articles, we have given attention to primaries that are taking place in districts that have the potential to swing control of the NC House. Our next series previews primaries in seats that are not currently expected to change parties. However, these seats will still have an impact on the character of the Assembly…

Swing Precincts In North Carolina

In North Carolina it is difficult to find a precinct that willingly oscillates between the two major parties. Of the thousands of precincts that exist in the state, there are only a handful where voters tend not to primarily vote straight ticket for either party. Swing precincts can act like weather vanes in an election,…

Mark Meadows Clears Way for Wife of Campaign Donor

Rep. Mark Meadows’ (R-NC) decision to not seek another term has Republican activists scrambling. He made the announcement Thursday morning, a day after the deadline to switch races had passed. This means anyone who had filed for other seats such as General Assembly or County Commission is no longer eligible to run to succeed Meadows….

Upturned 5th District Preparing For Primary Showdown

A primary race seems to be in the works in the 5th Congressional District with a new phone poll asking voters their preference in a possible primary between U.S. House Representative Virginia Foxx and Gaston County Commissioner Tracy Philbeck. Additionally, as recently as December 6th Tracy Philbeck took to Twitter asking his constituents to, “please continue…