Dispatches from the campaign trail, February 26, 2014

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• The N.C. FreeEnterprise Foundation’s Candidate Tracker notes that no candidate from the opposing party has filed in 32 state Senate races (seats now held by 19 Republicans and 13 Democrats) and 86 Senate House races (56 Republican seats, 30 Democratic). Unless candidates file in those unfilled slots before the noon Friday deadline, the election will be over in those districts no later than the May 6 primary, and in some, at 12:01 Friday afternoon.

• The FreeEnterprise Foundation also tallied who has the cash in state legislative races entering the 2014 campaign. House Republicans have a 3-to-1 lead over Democrats; their Senate counterparts have nearly a 4.5-to-1 advantage.

• Retired Clayton physician Edward Kryn and Lexington attorney Jim Snyder have filed for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate. When filing ends, the number of Republican contenders for incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan’s seat is expected to reach seven.

• William Osborne, a developer from Eden and a Democrat, will run against state Senate leader Phil Berger Sr.

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