Dispatches from the campaign trail, May 1, 2014

• Early voting ends Saturday! Find a location here.

• This Sierra Club ad, running in Asheville, is targeted at Duke Energy shareholders, but — along with the “Fracking Crew” ad running in the Triangle — it’s a signal that environmentalists will be active in the fall campaign. It uses the coal ash disaster to urge Duke to stop producing energy from coal and other carbon-based sources (in other words, abandoning the majority of its energy portfolio).

• U.S. Senate candidate and House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, gets another prominent endorsement — this time from two-term Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-2nd District.

• One of Tillis’ main challengers, Dr. Greg Brannon of Cary, will get a boost Monday from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Paul will make a primary eve visit to North Carolina to campaign for Brannon. Brannon also won the endorsement of conservative talk radio host Mark Levin.

• The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce isn’t happy with the U.S. Chamber’s ad going after New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White, one of the two contenders for the Republican nomination in the 7th Congressional District. The local chamber issued a press release distancing itself from the national chamber and the ad.

• Factcheck.org looks at two ads discussing immigration from 7th District GOP candidates White and his rival David Rouzer. It’s not impressed with either.

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