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  • Etheridge can't overcome Ellmers' lead in recount

    11/19/2010 10:53:49 AM PST · by BelegStrongbow · 81 replies · 1+ views
    WRAL TV ^ | 10/19/10 | WRAL.com
    Republican Renee Ellmers has unseated veteran Congressman Bob Etheridge, according to unofficial results of a recount in the tight race. Etheridge, a seven-term Democrat, picked up six votes on Ellmers after voting results from 10 counties were tabulated a second time, but it was nowhere near enough to overcome her 1,489-vote lead following the Nov. 2 election.
  • Etheridge can't overcome Ellmers' lead in recount

    11/19/2010 10:58:41 AM PST · by CodeJockey · 16 replies
    WRAL.com Raleigh, NC ^ | 11/18/10 | Bruce Mildwurf
    Raleigh, N.C. — Republican Renee Ellmers has unseated veteran Congressman Bob Etheridge, according to unofficial results of a recount in the tight race. Etheridge, a seven-term Democrat, picked up six votes on Ellmers after voting results from 10 counties were tabulated a second time, but it was nowhere near enough to overcome her 1,489-vote lead following the Nov. 2 election. The State Board of Elections still must audit the results and will meet next Tuesday to certify the results of all elections statewide. 2010 North Carolina General Election Results Etheridge requested a recount after Ellmers led him by less than...
  • Bobby Etheridge to concede to GOP’s Renne Ellmers

    11/19/2010 5:35:53 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | November 19, 2010 | Alex Isenstadt
    Democratic Rep. Bobby Etheridge has conceded to Republican Renee Ellmers, handing the GOP a victory in a race few thought the party would win. When local election officials completed their recount of votes cast in North Carolina’s 2nd District race on Friday, Ellmers led Etheridge by 1,489 votes. “Now, the election recount has concluded, and the numbers confirm that despite the incredible support we had - and neither candidate getting to 50 percent - in the end we came up just a little too short,” Etheridge told supporters at a news conference. With the victory, House Republicans have now picked...
  • It's now certain: Ellmers won

    11/20/2010 5:49:58 AM PST · by NCDragon · 31 replies
    Raleigh News & Obstructor ^ | November 20, 1010 | Barbara Barrett
    WASHINGTON -- After a weeklong recount, Friday's vote tally showed that Republican Renee Ellmers did, indeed, win election to the 2nd Congressional District seat that had been held for 14 years by Democrat Bob Etheridge. Etheridge acknowledged Friday afternoon what the numbers had said since Nov. 2, that he was ousted by Ellmers, a tea party darling and political newcomer. Despite the ongoing recount, Ellmers has been acting the role of congresswoman-elect. She was on Capitol Hill all week with other House freshmen, attending orientations, hiring staff and searching for a place to bunk in Washington.
  • Etheridge concedes defeat in congressional race

    11/19/2010 6:46:48 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 15 replies
    WRAL ^ | NOVEMBER 19, 2010 | Associated Press
    RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican Renee Ellmers has unseated veteran Congressman Bob Etheridge, according to unofficial results of a recount in the tight Second District race. "What's done is done," Etheridge said Friday afternoon in conceding defeat. The seven-term Democrat picked up six votes on Ellmers after voting results were tabulated a second time, but it was nowhere near enough to overcome her 1,489-vote lead following the Nov. 2 election. The State Board of Elections still must audit the results and will meet next Tuesday to certify the results of all elections statewide. Etheridge touted his accomplishments during a brief news...
  • Etheridge can ask for recount (NC DemoCrook Rep Sore Loser Alert!)

    11/05/2010 4:24:34 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 11 replies
    Raleigh News & Obstructor ^ | November 5, 2010 | JAY PRICE
    A State Board of Elections review Thursday of vote totals in Sampson County left incumbent U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge close enough to challenger Renee Ellmers to seek a recount in the state's 2nd Congressional District race. Ellmers, a Republican from Dunn, led by 2,099 votes Tuesday night, but the next day, Sampson County elections officials discovered they hadn't reported totals from three of the county's four early-voting sites, said Johnnie McLean, deputy director of the State Board of Elections. The Sampson officials corrected the error Wednesday afternoon without telling the state, and Ellmers' lead slipped to 1,646 votes out of...
  • LIVE THREAD - North Carolina Results

    11/02/2010 4:54:45 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 96 replies
    I'll try to keep up with the results as they come out. The big races: SENATE- Richard Burr (R) (inc) v Elaine Marshall (D) US House 2- Bob Etheridge (D) (inc) v Renee Ellmers (R) US House 7- Mike McIntyre (D) (inc) v Ilario Pantano (R) US House 8- Larry Kissell (D) (inc) v Harold Johnson (R) US House 11- Heath Shuler (D) (inc) v Jeff Miller (R) Republicans are expected to do very well in local races, and Dem pollsters PPP believe we will pick up both chambers of the state legislature.
  • 950,000 voters have already cast ballots in N.C.

    10/31/2010 9:32:49 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 24 replies
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | Oct. 31, 2010 | Mike Baker
    About 950,000 voters have already cast their ballots in North Carolina, according to state data released Sunday that shows an early Republican surge in voting has been matched by late strength at the polls among registered Democrats. An Associated Press analysis of the state's voter database shows more than 15 percent of North Carolina's registered voters have made their selections. Early voting in the state ended Saturday, and mail-in absentee ballots continue to arrive ahead of Tuesday's election. About 46 percent of ballots cast have come from registered Democrats, while 36 percent are from registered Republicans. The advantage for Democrats...
  • Perdue Did Not Pay for Official Travel (NC DemonRAT Guv travelgate continues!)

    10/28/2010 4:19:54 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 9 replies
    Carolina Journal On-Line ^ | October 27, 2010 | Don Carrington
    RALEIGH — A Carolina Journal review of 2007-08 expenditures by the office of then-Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue reveals that, in addition to not paying for a number of campaign-related flights, she also made no payments to private aircraft owners for travel related to official state business. Records show flights that were a combination of official business and campaign events. Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson acknowledged the flights and told CJ that travel provided to Perdue when she was conducting official state business was treated by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor as a gift to the state from those providing the...
  • Voter reports problem with ballot machine [voted R, machine said D]

    10/27/2010 6:03:10 AM PDT · by Clint Williams · 45 replies
    Sun Journal ^ | 10/23/10 | P. Christine Smith
    A Craven County voter says he had a near miss at the polls on Thursday when an electronic voting machine completed his straight-party ticket for the opposite of what he intended. Sam Laughinghouse of New Bern said he pushed the button to vote Republican in all races, but the voting machine screen displayed a ballot with all Democrats checked. He cleared the screen and tried again with the same result, he said. Then he asked for and received help from election staff. “They pushed it twice and the same thing happened,” Laughinghouse said. “That was four times in a row....
  • Where to find Election Returns Tonight- SC, NC, Utah

    06/22/2010 4:16:58 PM PDT · by Amish · 104 replies
    State Returns from SC (polls close at 7pm EST): http://www.enr-scvotes.org/SC/16213/28352/en/summary.html From NC (polls close at 730 EST) http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/NC/17242/28326/en/summary.html For Utah (Polls Close 10pmEST) http://electionresults.utah.gov/xmlData/300010.html If anyone has better links, please share them. GO Haley, Scott, and Lee!
  • Bill Randall wins NC Dist. 13 run-off election handily, will take on Brad Miller in November

    06/22/2010 8:18:02 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 55 replies
    AIPNews.com ^ | June 22, 2010
    AIP-endorsed congressional candidate Bill Randall will apparently be the winner tonight in the NC-13 run-off election.Congratulations Bill! 7 of 7 Counties Reporting     Percent Votes William (Bill) Randall (REP) 58.95% 3,789 Bernie Reeves (REP) 41.05% 2,639       6,428   
  • N.C. Rep. Bob Etheridge Assaults Student – Caught On Video

    06/14/2010 7:23:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 85 replies · 1,816+ views
    http://radioviceonline.com/ ^ | June 14, 2010 | Steve McGough
    If you approach a congressman in Washington D.C. and try to ask them what seems to be a pretty simple question and he goes nuts, grabbing at you and demanding to know who you are … don’t answer him. Why not answer? This guy is showing aggressive behavior and has enough power -- since we gave it to them -- to make your life miserable for years to come. I don’t blame the guy for not answering. Without further comment, I give you Rep. Bob “Who are You” Etheridge (D-N.C.).
  • (NC) Dem Congressman Goes Nuts When Asked if He Supports the “Obama Agenda”; Attacks Students– Video

    06/14/2010 4:33:42 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 581 replies · 17,283+ views
    Here is shocking video of North Carolina Democrat Rep. Bob Etheridge being asked by some students on a public sidewalk in Washington, D.C. if he supports the “Obama Agenda.” Once he realized the students were asking him that question, he went bonkers. Etheridge hit their camera and then grabbed one of the students by the arm as he repeated over and over “Who are you, Who are you? Tell me who you are?” The students identified themselves as such, but Etheridge persisted. At one point he then grabbed the student whose arm he had been holding onto and pulled himself...
  • North Carolina Senate: Burr 48%, Marshall 40%

    05/06/2010 3:56:36 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies · 677+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 6, 2010
    Republican Senator Richard Burr’s support has fallen below 50% for the first time since January in his bid for reelection in North Carolina. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Burr picking up 48% of the vote against North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall who earns 40% support. Only three percent (3%) would opt for some other candidate in this race, while nine percent (9%) are undecided. Support for Marshall is up eight points from last month and is at its highest level seen so far in the race. This is Burr’s lowest level of...
  • An encouraging note from NC 4th congressional district!

    02/10/2010 4:44:39 AM PST · by AK_47_7.62x39 · 9 replies · 491+ views
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    BJ Lawson has decided to run again for Congress!!! BJ is the ultimate "anti" candidate. He ran against David Price in 2008, and polled 37% in an Obama Tsunami. This is better than any candidate has done since the district was re-drawn to ensure Price's re-election by the state political hacks. I was introduced to BJ when I was following Ron Paul's presidential run. He has been called the "hybrid candidate" because he attracted so many traditional Democrat voters, due to his strong stance on issues of personal liberty. His website on issues is still not up, but here are...
  • Voters split on Burr, Democrats unknown in Senate race (North Carolina Race)

    02/18/2010 8:10:26 AM PST · by NCDragon · 11 replies · 370+ views
    Raleigh News & Obstructor ^ | 02/18/10 | bniolet
    Voters are evenly split when asked to rate U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling. The firm asked 788 likely voters for an opinion on Burr's job performance and 35 percent said they approved while 35 percent disapproved. The remaining 30 percent were undecided. As you can see on our new Polling Central feature, Burr's approval rating is lower than former Sen. Elizabeth Dole's was at the same point in the election cycle. (Polling Central is interactive. To compare Dole and Burr, just click the boxes for Dole's poll results.) In February 2008, PPP...
  • Vote on the North Carolina Senate Race

    02/12/2010 7:15:45 AM PST · by colinrogero · 2 replies · 310+ views
    bluenc.com ^ | 2/12/10 | Colin Rogero
    Quick everyone drop a vote in for Elaine Marshall!
  • Will Breazeale -- GOP conservative, war veteran, Boeing 737 pilot -- hopes to face McIntyre in 7th

    02/11/2010 3:40:13 PM PST · by Leader_Of_The _Conservatives · 7 replies · 671+ views
    www.examiner.com ^ | 2-11-2010 | Verne Strickland
    For my interview with Will Breazeale, Republican candidate for Congress in North Carolina's Seventh Congressional District, we met at a Wilmington Chick-Fil-A. He picked the place. The restaurants in this successful franchise are owned by Christian businessmen and they serve great chicken. Will is a faithful Christian who likes chicken. Nothing could have worked out better. Will, 41, can be an at-ease guy, and is good company. But he has a spit-and-polish, no-nonsense streak that you might expect in a man who is a highly-decorated military officer, has pulled three tours of combat duty in the Middle East, served in...
  • Six Inches From Slavery

    02/09/2010 7:24:57 AM PST · by JohnPierce · 25 replies · 1,243+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | February 8, 2010 | John Pierce
    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the city of King NC has received approximately six inches of snow over the last seven days. Apparently, that snowfall, coupled with limited power outages, was frightening enough that, last Friday February 5th, 2010, King Mayor Jack Warren declared a local state of emergency pursuant to North Carolina General Statute § 14-288.12. ... With the stroke of a pen, the mayor stripped them of their fundamental right to travel, to peaceably assemble, and to openly bear arms as enumerated in the North Carolina Constitution. In addition to the denial of fundamental and...
  • Where The Hell Is King North Carolina?

    02/07/2010 7:55:55 PM PST · by Copernicus · 39 replies · 1,761+ views
    JohnJacobH RKBA Commentary ^ | 02/07/10 | JohnJacobH RKBA Commentary
    Are you kidding me? Some one-horse podunk town of 5,000 people in North Carolina just suspends the Constitution and the Second Amendment because of a SNOW STORM????? Even the tinpot dictators in New York or New Jersey have not tried this nonsense. Where do these petty ante Major Domos come from? And how long will it take before they resign from office? Not to show my ignorance, but I thought We,The Trampled, hashed all this out after Hurricane Katrina.Wrong again I guess.
  • Candidate was acquitted of killing Iraqis (NC 7th)

    01/31/2010 5:34:42 PM PST · by Hawk720 · 33 replies · 737+ views
    UPI ^ | January 28, 2010
    WILMINGTON, N.C., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A former U.S. Marine officer acquitted of killing two Iraqis announced Thursday he is a candidate for Congress in North Carolina. Ilario Pantano plans to seek the Republican nomination in the seventh district, now represented by Democrat Mike McIntyre, WECT-TV in Wilmington reported. "Anybody's background in a political race is fair game," Pantano said. "My life has been more dramatic and kinetic than any other candidate's." After his acquittal five years ago, Pantano wrote a memoir, "Warlord." He has also been a commodity trader for Goldman Sachs. Will Breazeale, who was defeated by McIntyre...
  • Breazeale (R-NC 7th) Responds To State Of The Union

    01/29/2010 7:36:46 AM PST · by Leader_Of_The _Conservatives · 10 replies · 378+ views
    www.awilltowin.com ^ | 1/29/2010 | www.awilltowin.com
    Jan. 29, 2010 - 11:43pm Will Breazeale, candidate for United States Congress in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, took the President to task for what he deemed an “instigating” State of the Union speech Wednesday night. “The speech was filled with a bulk of lies, half truths, and vague assertions,” observed Breazeale. “What is worse is that he repeatedly attempted to try to play class warfare, pitting ordinary Americans against each other.” The three-time Iraq War veteran took issue with numerous times where he felt President Obama was more interested in “getting even” than improving the country. In particular, Breazeale...
  • Media Worried Corruption In N. Carolina Might Cost Democrats Votes

    01/30/2010 4:38:40 PM PST · by NCjim · 18 replies · 1,280+ views
    "Never before have you seen an allegation of corruption going that close to the governor's office in modern history." So said a Democratic consultant in North Carolina reacting to the latest casualty in the ongoing investigation of former governor Mike Easley. The scandal has brought down Easley's wife, bankrupted his coffers, disgraced a state university, and now, most recently, set federal charges of extortion against Easley's own closest assistant - with more and more signs pointing back to Easley's doorstep. How did the national media react to the latest turn? By burying the details and then complaining about citizens who...
  • NC Sen Poll: Burr +16 (Rasmussen)

    01/29/2010 11:43:03 AM PST · by MitchellC · 6 replies · 731+ views
    Real Clear Politics / Time ^ | January 29, 2010 | Kyle Trygstad
    North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, considered one of the most vulnerable Republican senators, leads national Democrats' favored candidate Cal Cunningham by 16 points, according to a new Rasmussen poll (Jan. 27, 500 LV, MoE +/- 4.5%). Against Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, however, Burr's support drops below 50% and margin to 10 points.
  • Obama in North Carolina

    01/22/2010 7:43:52 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 18 replies · 619+ views
    PPP ^ | January 22, 2010 | TOM JENSEN
    With Democratic fortunes declining nationally it should perhaps come as no surprise that Barack Obama has now hit his lowest level of approval yet in North Carolina. 44% of voters like the job he's doing to 50% who are unhappy with him. Obama's lower numbers are due largely to movement among independents. They've been pretty evenly divided about him through most of his first year in office but are now splitting against him by a 61/33 margin. As has always been the case most Democrats (73%) approve the job he's doing while most Republicans (88%) don't. Obama's health care plan...
  • [NC state] Sen. R.C. Soles won't seek another term

    12/30/2009 12:11:59 PM PST · by MitchellC · 31 replies · 1,062+ views
    Raleigh News & Observer ^ | December 30, 2009 | Mark Johnson
    RALEIGH -- Sen. R.C. Soles, a Tabor City Democrat, said Wednesday he will not seek re-election next year, a decision that comes three weeks after a Columbus County grand jury found probable cause to indict him for shooting a young man in the leg outside Soles' home in August. Soles, 75, is the longest serving member of the Senate and, as chairman of the Democratic caucus, a member of the leadership. He is the latest in a string of senior Democrats stepping down that likely change the look and likely the style of how the Senate operates. "I plan to...
  • Watch the NC 11th Dist. GOP Debate Streaming Live Tonight @ 7PM

    12/07/2009 4:02:25 PM PST · by MitchellC · 14 replies · 497+ views
    For the nomination to challenge Heath Shuler, featuring a whole buncha candidates I've never heard of: Live Stream featuring Twitter 'chat.' Details at Thunder Pig Blog: 'Watch NC 11 Congressional Debate Live; Hosted by WCU Young Americans for Liberty'
  • State senator won't run for re-election, says he'll leave office after 18 years

    12/09/2009 5:19:55 PM PST · by personalaccts · 14 replies · 787+ views
    www.gastongazette.com ^ | 12/9/09 | Corey Freeman
    State senator won't run for re-election, says he'll leave office after 18 years December 09, 2009 1:57 PM Corey Friedman State Sen. David Hoyle has decided not to seek a 10th term in the General Assembly and will leave office next December after representing Gaston County for 18 years. “I didn’t intend to serve for as long as I have,” Hoyle said Wednesday. “I thought I’d serve for 10 or 12 years, but the citizens kept electing me.” Hoyle, D-Gaston, took office in 1993 and was re-elected eight times, fending off Republican challengers in his heavily conservative home county. Of...
  • Republican Mayor Ready to Take On Shuler (NC)

    10/13/2009 3:39:56 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies · 1,101+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | October 12, 2009 | John McArdle
    The mayor of Hendersonville, N.C., says he is ready to challenge Rep. Health Shuler in 2010. Republican Greg Newman told local news outlets of his decision on Monday. Newman has been mayor of Hendersonville since 2005. In 2008,Shuler won a second term in the House by beating Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower by 26 points in a race that national Republicans did not target. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., carried the district by 5 points in the presidential race, Questions about a real estate development could make Shuler more of a target in 2010. CQ Politics currently rates the general election...
  • Elaine Marshall running for U.S. Senate

    09/09/2009 10:54:02 AM PDT · by MitchellC · 8 replies · 476+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | September 9, 2009 | Mark Johnson
    Secretary of State Elaine Marshall filed paperwork Tuesday to create a campaign committee to run for the U.S. Senate next year. "We’ll have a more formal announcement in the future," said Thomas Mills, a consultant for Marshall. "We were feeling we just needed to get started in moving forward." Marshall joins Kenneth Lewis, a Durham lawyer and the only other announced Democratic candidate, in the field to take on U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican. Other Democrats eyeing the race include former Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker, former state Sen. Cal Cunningham and U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge. Marshall, a former state...
  • GOP recruiting Shuler challenger

    08/24/2009 9:15:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies · 1,308+ views
    The Blue Ridge Times News ^ | August 19, 2009 | James Shea
    The 11th District is a tantalizing target for Republicans because of its history of voting for conservatives. The district went strongly for McCain-Palin over Obama-Biden in 2008 while also re-electing Shuler by a wide margin. The Republican recruiters are meeting with Hendersonville Mayor Greg Newman, former state Sen. Charles Thomas and Henderson County District Attorney Jeff Hunt. All three have expressed an interest in running against Shuler, although Hunt says he is leaning toward running for re-election as the top prosecutor.
  • Wooed anew, Etheridge might take on Burr

    08/21/2009 12:02:28 AM PDT · by MitchellC · 18 replies · 799+ views
    Raleigh News & Observer ^ | August 20, 2009 | Rob Christensen and Jim Morrill
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge said Wednesday he is giving some thought to running against Republican Sen. Richard Burr next year. Etheridge, a Lillington Democrat, said he has been courted by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as a potential candidate. "I'm evaluating it," Etheridge said during a meeting Wednesday with reporters and editors at The News & Observer. Etheridge said he met recently with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and had discussions with family members and a few key supporters. Etheridge said he hoped to make a decision by September. The backing of the DSCC is important because Senate races...
  • [NC] GOP will target Foriest's Senate seat, GOP chairman says

    08/21/2009 2:00:11 AM PDT · by MitchellC · 4 replies · 514+ views
    Burlington Times News ^ | August 17, 2009 | Robert Boyer
    Calling the recently passed state budget a “debacle,” Republican leaders kicked-off a statewide “budget tour” in Burlington on Monday as part of their efforts to win back legislative seats and return their party to the majority in the state House and Senate. State GOP Chairman Tom Fetzer, along with Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger and House Minority Leader Paul Stam, joined local GOP leaders and others for lunch at Sal’s Italian Restaurant, where Stam said there were “great questions” and a “great turnout” that included Sheriff Terry Johnson, state Rep. Dan Ingle and school board Chairman Tom Manning. Fetzer, Stam...
  • Democrats may tap Wicker to run against Burr

    08/17/2009 10:54:42 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 22 replies · 828+ views
    Raleigh News & Observer ^ | August 16, 2009 | Rob Christensen and Bill Krueger
    Former Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker is being courted as a possible Democratic opponent to Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr next year. And while he is not committing to anything, he is listening. Wicker, a Sanford resident who practices law in Raleigh, said he has had conversations with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, former Gov. Jim Hunt and others. "I'm still passionate about creating jobs and a higher standard for education and affordable health care," Wicker said. "And I still have those pangs of emotion about being involved in public service. "But I have been focused on my practice and I've...
  • Democrats again recruiting Shuler for Senate

    05/29/2009 11:23:37 AM PDT · by MitchellC · 15 replies · 1,218+ views
    Blue Ridge Now ^ | May 29, 2009 | James Shea
    Rep. Heath Shuler is being recruited again to run for the Senate, and the Western North Carolina congressman might take them up on that idea. Shuler, D-Waynesville, told the Times-News in November that he was considering challenging Sen. Richard Burr in 2010. After some thought, he announced that he was not going to run against Burr, citing the time he would be away from his family during a statewide campaign. In recent weeks, however, the buzz has started again that Shuler was exploring a run against Burr. The flames were only fanned when Attorney General Roy Cooper said he was...
  • Minter decides not to run for Congress

    05/28/2009 9:32:59 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 10 replies · 391+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | May 27, 2009 | Mike Cranston
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. North Carolina voters aren't likely to get a chance to send a second ex-NFL player to Congress. Former Carolina Panthers safety Mike Minter told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has decided against seeking the Republican nomination for the 8th District seat in 2010. Ex-Washington Redskins quarterback Heath Shuler, a Democrat, holds the state's 11th District seat. Republicans hosted Minter in Washington earlier this month in hopes the popular ex-Panther would decide to challenge Democrat Larry Kissell, who beat 10-year Republican incumbent Robin Hayes in November's election. Minter said he decided the job would put too much...
  • Ex-Carolina Panther may challenge Kissell

    05/14/2009 8:41:35 AM PDT · by aft_lizard · 24 replies · 817+ views
    Fay Observer ^ | 14-May-2009 | AP
    CHARLOTTE — Former Carolina Panthers safety Mike Minter said Wednesday that he will make a decision in the next few weeks whether to challenge for the 8th District seat. The seat is currently held by Democrat Larry Kissell, who defeated 10-year Republican incumbent Rep. Robin Hayes in November’s election. Minter spoke minutes after returning from a two-day visit to Washington where he surveyed the political scene. He said he would discuss the issue with his family and pastor before deciding. “My thing right now is trying to find the best way I can help people achieve what they need to...
  • Another Heath Shuler? (GOP NFL Retiree)

    05/14/2009 3:05:07 PM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 8 replies · 662+ views
    Politico ^ | 07/14/09 | Josh Kraushaar
    Could North Carolina have another former NFL player in its Congressional ranks? Former Carolina Panthers star safety Mike Minter is considering running for Congress against Rep. Larry Kissell (D-N.C.), according to a Republican operative. Minter was in Washington earlier this week and spoke with the National Republican Congressional Committee to discuss a possible GOP campaign. He still is a long way off from making a decision, but has begun to consider a career in politics. Minter played for the Panthers from 1997-2006, and was one of the top defensive players in the league. Since his playing days, he has been...
  • Civitas Poll: Burr 35, Cooper 34

    04/29/2009 2:55:07 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 34 replies · 1,329+ views
    Red Clay Citizen ^ | April 29, 2009 | Chris Hayes
    Our poll this month has incumbent US Senator Richard Burr holding onto a slim one point lead over potential Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper 35% to 34%. 32% of voters say they are undecided at this point. We also asked favorability ratings of each. Burr has 33% favorable, 18% unfavorable for a net +15 favorability rating. 49.5% of voters either had no opinion or had never heard of Burr. For Cooper, he has 28% favorable, 8% unfavorable for a net of +20. 64% of voters either had no opinion or had never heard of Cooper. So basically, the status...
  • When population turns political

    03/23/2009 11:15:29 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 18 replies · 817+ views
    Gaston Gazette ^ | March 23, 2009 | Barry Smith
    Census results probably will lead to jockeying for partisan representationNorth Carolina continues to be a fast-growing state. And new data released by the Census Bureau this past week shows the Raleigh area to be the fastest-growing metropolitan region in the nation. The increased population has a lot of demographers and politicians alike hoping that after the next census, North Carolina will get an additional congressional seat. The census will be conducted next year. Its purpose, as stipulated in the Constitution, is to find out how many people live in each of the states so that the number of members in...
  • Ex-NFL QB (Dem-Rep. Heath Shuler) to run for Senate? [NC_

    11/16/2008 4:37:47 PM PST · by jern · 73 replies · 2,188+ views
    Former Washington Redskins quarterback and all-time NFL Draft bust Heath Shuler may by eyeing a run at the Senate in 2010. The Times-News of Hendersonville reports that Shuler, who was recently elected to his second-term as a Democratic Congressman from North Carolina, could be looking to challenge incumbent Richard Burr in the state's next Senate election. If so, the campaign would be an all-football affair, as Burr played defensive back while attending Wake Forest in the 1970s. If history is any indication, Shuler's success in the House doesn't necessarily portend a similar outcome in the Senate. After all, it was...