Dispatches from the campaign trail, April 8, 2014

• Former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, who’s seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District against Clay Aiken and Toni Morris, unveils his second TV ad in the campaign. It’s running in both the Triangle and the Triad.

• The political newspaper Roll Call reports that Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan raised $2.8 million for her re-election efforts in the first three months of 2014, slightly more than twice as much as her best-funded GOP rival, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg.

• New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White, who’s running against former state Sen. David Rouzer for the Republican nomination in the 7th Congressional District, wins the endorsement of Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, Fox News host, and former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate. The 7th District GOP primary gets a notice in Roll Call.

• A forum Monday in Charlotte featuring five of the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the 12th Congressional District got feisty when the topic of tuition vouchers for public school students came up. Rep. Marcus Brandon of Guilford County supports them. Sen. Malcolm Graham of Mecklenburg County doesn’t (though he backs charter schools). No one else in the contest endorses any form of school choice.

Reminder: The John Locke Foundation will sponsor a luncheon tomorrow in Raleigh previewing the U.S. House and Senate races with Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard, Democratic consultant Brad Crone, and Republican consultant Mark Rotterman. Details here.

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