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Vinroot Opts Against Runoff, Giving Ballantine GOP Nomination
WRAT-TV Raleigh ^ | 7/22/2004 | WRAL-TV Staff

Posted on 07/22/2004 12:50:22 PM PDT by Prospero

RALEIGH,N.C. -- Richard Vinroot announced Thursday afternoon that he will not call for a runoff in the GOP Gubernatorial election, thus handing the Republican nomination to primary winner Patrick Ballantine.

(Excerpt) Read more at wral.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: ballantine; easley; ncelections; ncgovernor; ncpolitics; northcarolina; oldnorthstate; patrickballantine; richardvinroot; sleasley; vinroot
Now on to beat "Tax Hike Mike."
1 posted on 07/22/2004 12:50:23 PM PDT by Prospero
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To: Prospero

Whoop!


2 posted on 07/22/2004 12:52:17 PM PDT by Tax-chick (It's possible that I look exactly like Catherine Zeta-Jones.)
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To: Prospero
I want to throw Sleazley OUT of the Governor's mansion so bad. I can't imagine not flipping the bird every time I drive by it.

Go Patrick!!!!!!

MKM

3 posted on 07/22/2004 12:53:29 PM PDT by mykdsmom (Liberals want misery spread equally!)
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To: Prospero

Hmm. Interesting. I wonder if this was his real reason. I also wonder if he's right that this will help the R's. Anyhow, I'll just hope that it is and it will.

Go NC Freepers, get the D out of there.


4 posted on 07/22/2004 12:55:16 PM PDT by zbigreddogz
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To: zbigreddogz
Hmm. Interesting. I wonder if this was his real reason.


5 posted on 07/22/2004 1:01:57 PM PDT by ambrose (Kerry is endorsed by the Communist Party USA)
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To: FrankWild; Howlin
Somebody ping Howlin. This will thrill him.

Her.

7 posted on 07/22/2004 1:13:40 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: FrankWild; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; Al B.; alancarp; AntiGuv; boomop1; Carolina; ...

It sure does!!!

And I'm a gull!


8 posted on 07/22/2004 1:15:06 PM PDT by Howlin (Free the 2000 Millenium Report!!!!!)
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To: zbigreddogz
I also wonder if he's right that this will help the R's

We are UNITED and we are EXCITED!!!!

9 posted on 07/22/2004 1:16:36 PM PDT by Howlin (Free the 2000 Millenium Report!!!!!)
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To: Prospero

11 posted on 07/22/2004 1:26:05 PM PDT by Prospero (Ad Astra!)
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To: Prospero

Hats off to Richard Vinroot.


12 posted on 07/22/2004 1:28:07 PM PDT by alancarp (Boycott France and anything that even LOOKS French.)
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To: Prospero

Ballantine is the GOP's Harold Ford. He has a bright future in politics. I suspect he may not win but even so, this won't be the last we hear of him. He'll probably run against the corpse of Erskine Bowles for Senate in 2012.


13 posted on 07/22/2004 1:29:33 PM PDT by bigeasy_70118
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To: Howlin

Go Pat Go


14 posted on 07/22/2004 1:31:23 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Grill Berger, then add Ketchup)
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To: Prospero

15 posted on 07/22/2004 1:32:43 PM PDT by Prospero (Ad Astra!)
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To: alancarp

I say Huzzah, Three Cheers, sir, to a Gentleman: Richard Vinroot!


16 posted on 07/22/2004 1:34:08 PM PDT by Prospero (Ad Astra!)
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To: Prospero

I am stunned, Vinroot seemed ready for battle Tuesday night, he already started attacking Ballatine. I wonder if they started polling and Vinroot saw he didn't have a chance. That are someone higher up told him to pack it in


17 posted on 07/22/2004 1:38:09 PM PDT by jbwbubba (stunner)
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To: Prospero

Thank you for posting the picture of Pat and his female clone daughter. Some people don't believe me when I say they're virtually identical!


18 posted on 07/22/2004 1:44:05 PM PDT by JohnnyZ
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To: Prospero
Wow!

Please forgive me for sharing this little item.

I was conflicted as to whether even vote in this primary. After all, I am registered independent, and as such theoretically have no interest in who each party runs. However, I wanted to see Ballantine run against Easley because I didn't think Vinroot could win. And I truly hate Democrats.

So about a half hour before the polls would close, I drag myself out of the house, request the R ballot, and vote for Ballantine.

The first news I heard was that the vote was close enough for a runoff, with Vinroot leading Ballantine by a small margin.

Now I find out that Ballantine actually won!

And by 1600 votes statewide!

I think my vote did count, especially when you think that another 1599 people probably did the same thing I did.

19 posted on 07/22/2004 1:44:29 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: JohnnyZ
She's a pistol, too.
20 posted on 07/22/2004 2:09:41 PM PDT by Prospero (Ad Astra!)
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To: Prospero
What a great picture.

MKM

21 posted on 07/22/2004 2:10:02 PM PDT by mykdsmom (Liberals want misery spread equally!)
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To: Prospero
Holy crap. This is wonderful news.
Vinroot said it was in the best interest of the party to concede defeat and give Ballantine an extra month to work on his campaign to unseat incumbent Gov. Mike Easley in the November general election.

"I believe the right choice, the right thing to do is to get our party behind the person who won the most votes Tuesday night as soon as possible," Vinroot said.

After 3-4 tries at this, he's just throwing in the towel for the good of the party. Yeah right. I wonder what the real story is. There's a scandal buried in this somewhere.

Anyway, good riddance.

22 posted on 07/22/2004 2:14:12 PM PDT by Sandy
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To: Howlin

Go Pat GO.


23 posted on 07/22/2004 2:39:59 PM PDT by jern
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To: jern

Please...let's keep that to GO PATRICK GO!!

I'm beggin' ya!


24 posted on 07/22/2004 2:54:16 PM PDT by Howlin (Free the 2000 Millenium Report!!!!!)
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To: Prospero; mykdsmom; JohnnyZ

That is one of the most beautiful children I've ever seen, and I'm talking about my grandchildren, too!

It's hard NOT to stare at her when she's around.


25 posted on 07/22/2004 2:55:46 PM PDT by Howlin (Free the 2000 Millenium Report!!!!!)
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To: Howlin

Somebody told me this at work this afternoon. What a surprise! And what class on Vinroot's part. He fell on his sword for the good of the party.


26 posted on 07/22/2004 3:10:04 PM PDT by wimpycat ("The road to the promised land runs past Sinai."-C.S. Lewis)
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To: JohnnyZ

The wife is attractive, in a pointy-nosed way. My 4-year-old is much cuter; maybe he'd like to rent her for the campaign ...


27 posted on 07/22/2004 3:12:53 PM PDT by Tax-chick (It's possible that I look exactly like Catherine Zeta-Jones.)
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To: Howlin; Sandy; mykdsmom; All
Excerpts from AP via the nbc6 news website in Charlotte:

Richard Vinroot said Thursday he will not seek a runoff for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, leaving Patrick Ballantine as the nominee to challenge Gov. Mike Easley in November.

"I have made a spiritual decision in this case. ... My decision is to not call for a runoff," the former Charlotte mayor said.

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Though he had attacked Ballantine at a news conference Wednesday morning, Vinroot said he spent that night Wednesday thinking and praying.

He said he informed supporters of his decision not to seek a runoff at his Charlotte campaign office Thursday morning, then drove to Raleigh to announce it.

Vinroot, 63, said his decision is designed to give Ballantine, 39, an additional four weeks to run against Easley, who is seeking a second term.

"This young man's message is right," Vinroot said. "This old man's going to step aside."

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The decision came as a surprise to party officials as well, who unsuccessfully scoured the headquarters office for a Ballantine campaign sign to put on the lawn as soon as Vinroot finished his announcement.

"I think it's one of the most noble acts I've seen in politics in some time," executive director Bill Peaslee said.

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Results of Tuesday's election are unofficial until next Tuesday, when all of the state's county election boards will recheck their figures.

But Vinroot didn't want to wait that long.

"If we wait until next week, we're down to 23 or 22 (days)" before a runoff, he said, leaving less time to "get down to the real goal of defeating Mike Easley."

Analysts had noted that an extra month of GOP campaigning could play to Easley's advantage, allowing him to sit on the large amount of money he has raised while the Republicans beat each other up.


28 posted on 07/22/2004 3:41:09 PM PDT by kayak (Help stamp out FReepathons. Become a monthly donor.)
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To: *Old_North_State; **North_Carolina; Constitution Day; mykdsmom; TaxRelief; 100%FEDUP; ...

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29 posted on 07/22/2004 5:00:39 PM PDT by TaxRelief (Keep your kids safe; keep W in the White House.)
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To: kayak; Howlin

This is the MOST WONDERFUL thing that has happened in NC Republican politics in a very very long time. Thank you, Richard Vinroot! God bless you, Sir! Go, Patrick!


30 posted on 07/22/2004 5:02:08 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: Prospero

Wonderful news!Go Patrick!


31 posted on 07/22/2004 5:12:15 PM PDT by tapatio
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To: jbwbubba
...or someone higher up told him to pack it in

The higher up "Someone" is God. Richard Vinroot made the decision after a night of prayer.

32 posted on 07/22/2004 5:29:33 PM PDT by TaxRelief (Keep your kids safe; keep W in the White House.)
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To: TaxRelief

33 posted on 07/22/2004 5:43:54 PM PDT by Prospero (Ad Astra!)
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To: TaxRelief

WOW! To think I didn't vote for Ballentine. I did ask someone here at FR to help me with decisions for who would be the best to vote for in different races but they never responded.

Mr. Vinroot, thank you for dropping out of the race! Now we can get behind and do something for Patrick!


34 posted on 07/22/2004 5:51:17 PM PDT by AReaganGirl (President Reagan gave us back our confidence. Now, let's help Bush to carry on Reagan legacy!)
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To: AReaganGirl

Ok Ballantine! Maybe my learning to spell his name correctly is doing something for Mr. BALLANTINE! lol


35 posted on 07/22/2004 5:58:32 PM PDT by AReaganGirl (President Reagan gave us back our confidence. Now, let's help Bush to carry on Reagan legacy!)
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To: Prospero; TaxRelief
I hate to say this, but in these pictures, at least, Mr. Ballantine doesn't look very well. (Isn't he younger than I am?) My little voice is saying "blood pressure." I hope someone in his campaign team is working on his diet and exercise.
36 posted on 07/22/2004 5:59:03 PM PDT by Tax-chick (It's possible that I look exactly like Catherine Zeta-Jones.)
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To: Tax-chick
These pictures are pre-governor race shots. He lost some weight for TV, which adds pounds. And he's Irish (a Patrick born on St. Patrick's day, which can make one palid in the semi-tropics.

He is in good health.

37 posted on 07/22/2004 6:31:28 PM PDT by Prospero (Ad Astra!)
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To: Tax-chick

He gets overheated, otherwise he usually looks OK.

He probably needs to drink more water.


38 posted on 07/22/2004 6:37:33 PM PDT by TaxRelief (Keep your kids safe; keep W in the White House.)
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To: Prospero

As far as I'm concerned, this makes Vinroot a class act and team player. Now Republicans can get on with defeating Easley, instead of beating ourselves up for several more weeks.

May God bless you Mr. Vinroot


39 posted on 07/22/2004 6:57:24 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (I drove up behind a two horse trailer today- at first glance I thought Kerry & Edwards were in town.)
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To: TaxRelief; Prospero

Glad to hear it. I hate to see a man with a young child looking poorly.


40 posted on 07/22/2004 7:10:13 PM PDT by Tax-chick (It's possible that I look exactly like Catherine Zeta-Jones.)
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To: Prospero
Weaselly stole 5 million dollars from our county.

I guess those 4 year olds really needed that liberal indoctrination a year earlier, though.

41 posted on 07/22/2004 9:18:51 PM PDT by 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember (Never Forget)
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To: Howlin

One down and one to go. Are you going to help Vernon Robinson? I've known him for years and he's the real deal.


42 posted on 07/22/2004 9:20:43 PM PDT by 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember (Never Forget)
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To: alancarp

I switched to American Fries a couple of years ago.


43 posted on 07/22/2004 9:22:05 PM PDT by 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember (Never Forget)
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember
All Weaslie knows how to do is...

Put on Pajamas

Raise Taxes

Raid Trust Funds

Steal Money for Local Governments...

44 posted on 07/23/2004 6:24:10 AM PDT by Prospero (Ad Astra!)
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To: Prospero
You are SO right!

Weaslie is a a thief and the only way to stop him from robbing us all blind is to get him out!
45 posted on 07/23/2004 6:47:53 AM PDT by 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember (Never Forget)
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