Category Archives: Elections

Dispatches from the campaign trail, August 22, 2014

• A Washington Post blog picks up the Survey University/USA Today poll showing the tightness in the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis, with Hagan holding a slender 45-43 lead. (Libertarian Sean Haugh clocks in at 5 percent.) The post also notes that at 41 percent, Hagan’sContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, August 21, 2014

• Gov. Pat McCrory fills a second vacancy on the state Supreme Court within 72 hours. Monday, he picked Associate Justice Mark Martin (who’s running for chief justice) to complete the term of Chief Justice Sarah Parker, who must retire at the end of August. Wednesday, McCrory chose Appeals Court Judge Bob Hunter (who’s runningContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, August 20, 2014

• The Democratic Public Policy Polling firm finds the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and GOP House Speaker Thom Tillis closing, with Hagan leading 42-38 (she had a 7-point lead in the previous poll). Libertarian Sean Haugh gets 8 percent. If Haugh weren’t running, Hagan’s lead would shrink to a single point,Continue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, August 19, 2014

• Gov. Pat McCrory names Senior Associate Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin to the seat being vacated Aug. 31 by Chief Justice Sarah Parker. Martin is running in November for a full term against Ola Lewis, who took issue with Martin’s selection. McCrory reportedly will fill Martin’s spot before the election. Appeals Court Judges JimmyContinue Reading

Dispatches from the campaign trail, August 18, 2014

• The U.S. Senate campaign of Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis releases a new ad touting his working-class roots. • The Karl Rove-founded American Crossroads launches a new radio ad backing Tillis and linking incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan to President Obama. • There may be no betting line in Vegas, but the odds look strong forContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s re-election strategy. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how recent N.C. reforms are grounded in history.

Dispatches from the campaign trail, August 15, 2014

• The conservative group Carolina Rising produces a “back-to-school” ad praising Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and GOP House Speaker Thom Tillis for enacting a budget boosting teacher pay and other education spending. • The latest Rasmussen Reports poll of 750 likely voters shows Tillis opening a 45-40 lead over incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan. TheContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

North Carolinians aren’t the only ones watching this state’s U.S. Senate race closely. Jim Geraghty of National Review, who oversees “The Campaign Spot” blog and delivers the daily “Morning Jolt” email newsletter, discusses North Carolina’s race and other major electoral news during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Rick Henderson discusses details of aContinue Reading