State Politics

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…

Wide Open Race for Labor Commissioner Without Cherie Berry

After nearly 20 years in office Cherie Berry, the North Carolina Commissioner of Labor (and familiar face of elevators across the Tar Heel State), announced in April of 2019 that she would not seek re-election. This seat is one of ten Council of State positions that are elected by popular vote. The position has been…

Five Must-watch NC House Races in 2020

The candidate filing period in North Carolina is still open, and already five State House seats that could swing the balance of power in the General Assembly will have primaries to decide in March. The current partisan makeup of the State House is 65 Republicans, and 55 Democrats. For the Republicans to regain their supermajority…