Latest dispatches from the campaign trail, November 2, 2012

Checking the pulse. The final Civitas Poll (PDF download) before the election shows Mitt Romney with a slim lead over Barack Obama, along with plenty of undecided voters in Council of State races.


• Letter sweater. Democrat Phil Feagan, who’s challenging incumbent Rep. Ralph Hise in House District 47, is accusing the state Republican Party of sending a false political mailer related to same-sex marriage and other liberal social issues.


Outside help. The Tea Party Express bus rolled into Salisbury this week, boosting the candidacy of 8th District Republican challenger Richard Hudson.


• Machine politics. The Republican National Committee is asking election officials in six states — including North Carolina — to take special precautions making sure that electronic voting machines tally votes accurately.


Tax dollars at work. The State Employees Association of North Carolina rolls out a last-minute ad attacking GOP nominee for lieutenant governor Dan Forest.


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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