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NC GOP Establishment Suffers Blow in Runoff
shark-tank.com ^ | 7/16/14 | Bruce Carroll

Posted on 07/17/2014 5:29:26 AM PDT by cotton1706

It was supposed to be a slam dunk runoff election win for Phil Berger, Jr. in the NC-06 Congressional district last night. It didn’t turnout that way.

In a modern David v. Goliath tale fit for one of his sermons, former Baptist Minister Mark Walker handily beat Phil Berger Jr. in the GOP runoff in the 6th Congressional District last night.

Berger, the Rockingham County District Attorney, had a lot going for him: family connections, high level GOP endorsements, a lot more money than Walker and the help of a dedicated super PAC that attacked often and viciously on his behalf.

But in the end voters said it was what he did with those resources – waging a ceaselessly negative campaign, using over-the-top, scorched earth rhetoric against a politically inexperienced minister with deep ties to the community – that turned them off.

Throughout the campaign Berger shrugged off those criticisms, saying last week: ““A campaign for Congress is the big leagues. Anyone who can’t get their nose bloodied a little bit and suck it up doesn’t belong in politics. And anyone who is worried about that doesn’t understand what big-league politics is about.”

Berger is the son of NC Senate President Phil Berger, Sr., and was expected to walkway with this Congressional seat earlier in the year.

But NC grassroots conservatives aren’t happy these days. Establishment favorite, House Speaker Thom Tillis, beat grassroots conservative-preferred Dr. Greg Brannon in the U.S. Senate GOP Primary a few weeks ago. The Sixth Congressional runoff may be a warning sign that the GOP establishment shouldn’t take conservatives for granted in November.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections

1 posted on 07/17/2014 5:29:26 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Another one bites the dust.

And one less vote for Bonehead as Speaker.


2 posted on 07/17/2014 5:34:44 AM PDT by tennmountainman (True conservatives don't like being rained on by their own party!)
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To: cotton1706

Maybe this is good news, but there is not a word about what stances the two candidates had on major issues.


3 posted on 07/17/2014 5:48:29 AM PDT by Will88
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To: cotton1706

Without Helms, NC is mostly lost in the wilderness, but this may be encouraging news. Can the nominee win in the fall?


4 posted on 07/17/2014 6:03:02 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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To: Theodore R.

To paraphrase, “Yes, he can!”


5 posted on 07/17/2014 6:11:54 AM PDT by jstaff
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To: Will88
Both had been interviewed on the KC O'Dea morning talk show in NC. Mark Walker came across as a tea-party favorite, hitting all the relevant topics with the right answers.

Didn't hear the Berger interview, but from what I see he was a next-generation establishment clone, with daddy & crew pulling the puppet strings.

I count this one as a win for the guys in the white hats...

6 posted on 07/17/2014 6:13:59 AM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: cotton1706
“A campaign for Congress is the big leagues. Anyone who can’t get their nose bloodied a little bit and suck it up doesn’t belong in politics. And anyone who is worried about that doesn’t understand what big-league politics is about.”

So, how's your nose, Berger?

7 posted on 07/17/2014 6:59:09 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: cotton1706

Walker campaign site - http://www.walker4nc.com/


8 posted on 07/17/2014 7:01:50 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: cotton1706

Walker’s Dem opponent has already drug out the “too extreme for NC” standard answer.


9 posted on 07/17/2014 7:03:36 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Will88

Nor was there any indication about their how well there military records compared with each other. Our leaders in the House and Senate are comparable in that regards insofar as they both claimed medical disability to truncate service.


10 posted on 07/17/2014 7:16:39 AM PDT by MSF BU (Support the troops: Join Them.)
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To: Will88

Maybe this is good news, but there is not a word about what stances the two candidates had on major issues.
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Well, I’m sure the voters in that District were well informed on the issues. I mean, these campaigns have been going on for nearly a year. But, when you know which candidate is backed by the RINO Establishment and which one is backed by Tea Party Conservatives, you have to wonder? Come on Will, you KNOW who is for more big-government spending and liberal policies and who is for cutting taxes and Liberty.


11 posted on 07/17/2014 7:21:23 AM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept me from going insane.)
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To: Theodore R.

N.C. has a host of conservatives in the state system gaining experience and preparing to move up. Many counties have turned from blue to red - some totally, and there is a good crop coming along at that level.

What they need now is our encouragement and support.


12 posted on 07/17/2014 7:45:43 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Din Maker; MSF BU

This forum is read by people from all 50 states and some in foreign countries. Saying that someone is supported by Tea Party types doesn’t tell us much about issues such is immigration, amnesty, foreign policy and other issues beyond budget and spending issues.

This race was not well known to a wide audience and hasn’t been discussed like the Mississippi and Tennessee senate races.


13 posted on 07/17/2014 8:54:32 AM PDT by Will88
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To: cotton1706

There were two primary runoffs on Tuesday that got no coverage here on Free Republic. The other was Alabama

As per Ballotpeida:

U.S. House, Alabama District 6 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014

Gary Palmer 63.5% 47,491
Paul DeMarco 36.5% 27,295

Gary had come in 2nd in a seven way race to replace Spencer Bachaus. Gary Palmer went on to defeat DeMarco in the primary runoff election on July 15, 2014. He will very likely go on to win the general election race against Democrat Avery Vise. The district has been referred to by some as “the reddest district in the county.”


14 posted on 07/17/2014 12:25:52 PM PDT by Steven Scharf
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To: Will88

True, but, if a candidate is supported by the Tea Party you pretty well know what he/she stands for. Same for the candidate supported by the RINO establishment. If I’m passing thru a town and I see a Baptist church on one corner and a Catholic church on another corner, I have a good idea what each of them stand for and what values and beliefs they hold to.


15 posted on 07/17/2014 1:26:36 PM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept me from going insane.)
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To: MSF BU; Will88

This is the Millenial Generation; not the “Greatest Generation” of World War II era. The percentage of people serving in the Military today is 1/4 what it was in past generations. Don’t expect to find as many Vets running for public office as there were back in the day.


16 posted on 07/17/2014 1:30:04 PM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept me from going insane.)
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To: Din Maker

Tea Party voters played a big part in electing Kelly Ayotte and Rand Paul, two thought to be solid conservatives. Now in their fourth year in the senate, both have proven to be disappointing in many of the stances they’ve taken. And that’s just the senate. There is a good number of disappointments in the House, but they are less well known.

Today, illegal immigration, amnesty and the current open borders chaos are issues where many Republicans have been and are going against most Reputlcan voters. This NC race was called David vs. Goliath and the winner is a Baptist minister.

I guess the voters know where he stands on immigration/amnesty/border chaos, but no one has mentioned it here. If he follows the Southern Baptist Convention position, he’ll be all for amnesty and legalizing all the recent illegal entrants.

And Tea Party organizations have not always been clear on those issues, the issues that are the most divisive among Republicans in recent years and especially now.


17 posted on 07/17/2014 1:44:33 PM PDT by Will88
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To: Will88

I guess the voters know where he stands on immigration/amnesty/border chaos, but no one has mentioned it here.
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No one “here” needs to know unless they are voting in NC or sending financial support to one of the campaigns. If so, they have this new invention called “The Internet” so people can do a Google Search and find out where the candidates stand on issues; if they’re not too lazy.

Heard good news from Rush today: Latest Gallup Poll shows that Immigration is NO LONGER a winning issue for the Dems. (Harry Reid is very sad.) I think these kids at the border have changed a lot of people’s minds about Immigration Reform.


18 posted on 07/17/2014 2:11:11 PM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept me from going insane.)
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To: cotton1706

Now the new candidate will find himself undermined and sabotaged by his own party


19 posted on 07/17/2014 2:13:04 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: cotton1706
Anyone who can’t get their nose bloodied a little bit and suck it up doesn’t belong in politics. And anyone who is worried about that doesn’t understand what big-league politics is about.”

It's all about screwing anyone who isn't in the ruling class. Voters are starting to wake up.

20 posted on 07/17/2014 2:14:46 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Din Maker

I agree, I don’t expect that of the average citizen. I DO expect it of leaders. There is a reason so many of them are sensitive when asked about his. That reason is that they know they took a pass on their opportunity (I’d say obligation) to be a part of the defense of their country.


21 posted on 07/17/2014 5:36:47 PM PDT by MSF BU (Support the troops: Join Them.)
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To: Din Maker
If so, they have this new invention called “The Internet” so people can do a Google Search and find out where the candidates stand on issues; if they’re not too lazy.

Lol, or, if they aren't too lazy, people who start topics on FR about elections in one of the 435 US congressional districts could actually provide some information about the candidates and how they differed beyond generalities that can mean different things to diffferent people.

22 posted on 07/17/2014 7:18:30 PM PDT by Will88
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