Latest dispatches from the campaign trail, August 1, 2012

• Gov. Bev Perdue may not speak at the Democratic National Convention.


• District Court Judge Kirby Smith, who was appointed by Perdue to fill a vacancy in the 3B District, has suspended his campaign for election. He finished a distant second to New Bern lawyer Dave McFayden in the May runoff.


• A poll by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee shows incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre 19 points ahead of his Republican challenger, David Rouzer.


• Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will take his bus tour through North Carolina in mid-August, about the time he’s expected to choose his vice presidential running mate.


• Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will campaign for Republicans today in Asheville.


• Crossroads GPS, the conservative PAC founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove, launches an ad in North Carolina and elsewhere attacking President Obama’s economic record.



Written by

Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson became managing editor of Carolina Journal in April 2009. Before that, he had worked more than a decade for newspapers in Denver, Colo., Las Vegas, Nev., and Southern California as an editorial writer and editor, columnist, and business reporter. Prior to that, he was at Reason magazine for nine years, splitting time between Southern California as a reporter and managing editor and Washington, D.C., where from 1992-96 he was Reason's first full-time Washington editor. He graduated in 1979 from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in political science. Rick lives in Raleigh with his wife and their menagerie of pets.

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