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A digest of daily political notes leading up to the November 6th general election A digest of daily political notes leading up to the November 6th general election

WECT Political Notebook

November 1st
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The number of people casting ballots at early-voting places has now exceeded 2 million in North Carolina.
    
The State Board of Elections reported late Thursday afternoon that in-person early-voting had surpassed the mark. More than 2.2 million votes have been cast when traditional absentee ballots and those living or stationed overseas are added.
    
In 2008, more than 2.4 million people voted early in person and 2.6 million when all non-Election Day voting was counted - both records.
    
In-person early voting began Oct. 18 and ends Saturday afternoon. Mail-in absentee ballots must be turned in to local elections boards by Monday or postmarked by Tuesday.

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November 1st
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina election officials have asked prosecutors to investigate reports of a trailer parked at an early voting site that held effigies of former and current elected officials with nooses around their necks.
    
State Board of Elections Executive Director Gary Bartlett said a truck with the attached open-air trailer pulled up to a Wayne County library that offered early voting Thursday morning. Photographs show eight effigies and signs on the trailer side naming President Barack Obama, Gov. Beverly Perdue and state and local law enforcement officials.
    
Bartlett said information was forwarded to the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Wayne County district attorney. Bartlett said First Amendment freedoms end if someone is intimidated or gets mad while trying to vote.

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October 30th
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - High-profile North Carolina Republicans running for office next week are holding a marked financial advantage over their Democratic rivals, led by gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory.
    
McCrory's campaign said Tuesday it had raised $5 million during the past 3½ months, which is more than the nearly $3.9 million Democratic nominee Walter Dalton's campaign has raised in the past 3½ years. Campaign finance reports showed Dalton's committee raised more than $1.4 million since July 1. Monday was a filing deadline.
    
House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger each have given more than $1 million to the Republican Party to help win legislative races. Democratic legislative leaders are well behind.
    
An outside group supporting Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby for re-election now reports it has spent $1.6 million on television ads.

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October 19th

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The campaign for a North Carolina Supreme Court candidate is now on television accusing outside groups of attempting to "buy a seat" through their own TV commercials and billboards.
    
The ad by Court of Appeals Judge Sam Ervin IV comes as a so-called super PAC named the North Carolina Judicial Coalition has agreed to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on ads backing incumbent Justice Paul Newby
    
The coalition's commercial features a banjo player and crooks getting caught by a Newby pickup truck. Ervin's ad is more solemn, with an image of a statue of blind justice getting covered in falling dollar bills.
    
The coalition didn't address the Ervin campaign's accusation in a written statement but said its goal is to educate the public about Newby's experience.
    
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October 17th

Walter Dalton announced his values plan today, called "Fair Deal for Working Families". That follows Tuesday's announcement that Dalton will push for paid maternity and paternity leave for teachers and state employees if elected as North Carolina's next Governor.

"North Carolina's working families deserve a fair deal – the opportunity to create a better life for themselves and their children," Dalton said in a news release from his campaign. "I have continually supported decreasing the financial burden on working families by repealing the food tax, capping the gas tax, supporting the sales tax holiday and offering an earned income tax credit to over 700,000 working families.  With these proposals, it's clear I am working for their interests and not anyone else's – a fight I will continue if you elect me as your next Governor."

The "Fair Deal for Working Families" Plan includes:

-Allowing teachers and state workers up to 4 weeks paid leave for new parents.
-Prohibiting sex-based wage discrimination in the workplace.
-Considering making North Carolina's Child and Dependent Care Credit refundable for certain families.
-Protecting a woman's right to choose and private health care decisions.
-Protecting children from obscene materials.
-Protecting privacy of job applicants' personal and credit information.
-Increasing protections for victims of domestic violence and abuse.

 

October 15th

The Health Department in Brunswick County is mixing voting and vaccinations. The county is offering flu shots at three locations on Thursday, October 18, the first day of early voting in North Carolina.

Public Health nurses will be at the Armory in Shallotte, North Brunswick High School, and the Senior Site in Southport from 10am to 6pm.  An insurance card and driver's license are necessary.  According to a release from the county, the cost of the shots range from $38 for regular flu to $56 for the high dose for seniors. 

October 12th

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in North Carolina is upset that a state employees' union is running a commercial he says is disrespectful to his mother, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick.
    
The ad paid for by the political action committee of the State Employees Association of North Carolina accuses Dan Forest of wanting to deny women access to birth control and cancer screenings.
    
Forest's campaign said that's false, pointing out Myrick is a breast cancer survivor and that Forest hopes to follow her in passing laws to fight the disease.
    
Association political director Kevin LeCount said Forest is the one disrespecting women. LeCount points to a questionnaire in which Forest wrote that he disagreed with continuing state funding for Planned Parenthood.
    
The association backs Democrat Linda Coleman.

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October 11th

House Speaker John Boehner will be campaigning in North Carolina later this week.

The Republican from Ohio will be in Charlotte on Friday, then in Raleigh on Saturday campaigning for the Romney/Ryan ticket.

Boehner will appear at the Charlotte "Victory" office at 4:50pm Friday, then at the Raleigh "Victory" office for a 10:45 event Saturday morning.

October 10th

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's major party candidates for governor have starkly different views on whether the state's economy is on the right track. That difference may explain why Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory diverged on the scope of changes needed for North Carolina's tax system during interviews with the Associated Press.
    
McCrory says the state's economy is broken and can be fixed in part by overhauling the tax system, first by lowering income tax rates that are the highest in the Southeast.
    
Dalton said he knows people are still being hurting economically but generally sees the economy on an upward trajectory due to North Carolina's commitment to quality education and encouragement of high-tech industries. Dalton prefers a piecemeal tax approach and is against requiring sales taxes of more services.

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October 5th
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - It's another North Carolina election season and Jim Hunt is once again out peddling for votes.
    
This time the former four-term governor is spending the final weeks before Election Day working for President Barack Obama's re-election bid on what's called a "middle class listening tour."
    
Hunt spent Friday in the living room of a Greenville home in a made-for-media conversation with residents about why the president is best suited to help middle-class families in North Carolina. He held a similar gathering last Friday in Raleigh.
    
The 75-year-old Hunt says he's back on the campaign trail because he cares about North Carolina's future.
    
Longtime Democratic consultant Brad Crone says it makes sense for Hunt to help Obama because he's probably the Democrats' most effective campaigner in North Carolina in a generation.

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October 3rd
Rep. Mike McIntyre has received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association in his campaign for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina's 7th Congressional District. According to a release, the NRA has awarded McIntyre an "A" rating for "his solid and consistent record of preserving the 2nd Amendment rights of American gun owners."

"Our campaign stands with the rights of Eastern North Carolina gun owners and their responsible stewardship of hunting, sport, and conservation of our beautiful environment," McIntyre said in a release sent by his campaign. "Putting people over politics, issues over ideology, and always doing what is best for Eastern North Carolina is our focus.  We are honored to receive this endorsement and appreciate the strong support of the NRA in this election!"

 

October 2nd

The Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg on Tuesday endorsed Walter Dalton for Governor, according to a release from the Dalton campaign.

"African-American leaders across North Carolina are standing up for Walter Dalton because we trust Walter Dalton to stand up for us," Rep. Beverly Earle of Charlotte said in the release.  "Meanwhile, Pat McCrory supports disenfranchising voters and cuts to education and healthcare that disproportionately affect African-Americans. That's why African- American groups, especially ones who know McCrory best, are supporting Walter Dalton for Governor."

 

Sept. 26

Rep. Mike McIntyre's campaign announced today the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Rep. McIntyre for re-election, due to his consistent pro-business record.

In a release, the campaign quotes a letter from Thomas J. Donohue, the President and CEO of the Chamber. "At no other time in our nation's history has it been more critical that Members of Congress provide leadership that protects and advances the interests of the business community," the release says Donohue wrote. "We believe that your re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives will help produce sustained economic growth, help create more jobs, and get our country back on track."

"Creating jobs, supporting our businesses and strengthening the economy are my top priorities as I continue to serve the people of Eastern North Carolina in Congress," Rep. McIntyre said in the same release. "I'm honored to have earned the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce."

Sept. 24

A new poll from the Civitas Institute shows President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden with a four percentage point ahead of the Republican ticket of presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

According to the Civitas website, the poll of 600 likely North Carolina voters was taken Sept. 18-19, and has a margin of error of +/-4 percent. When asked who they would vote for if the election was happening today, 49% chose the Obama/Biden ticket compared to 45% who chose the GOP ticket of Romney/Ryan. According to the website, this is the first 2012 Civitas Poll that includes the vice presidential candidates.


Sept. 19

Walter Dalton today landed another major endorsement of his campaign for Governor. Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton, a native of North Carolina, made the announcement on Wednesday.

"Walter Dalton has dedicated his life to public service and creating a better future for all North Carolinians," General Shelton said in a news release sent by the Dalton campaign. "He understands the importance of our military economy and will make sure North Carolina remains the most military-friendly state in the nation. Walter is a man of integrity who we can trust to get our economy moving and to protect education. I trust him and I am proud to support Walter Dalton for Governor."

A native of Tarboro, General Shelton served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997-2001.  According to the release, General Shelton now lives in Carteret County.

"I am honored to have the support of General Hugh Shelton, a true American patriot," Dalton said in the same release.  "North Carolina is home to our heroes. As Governor, I will work hard to create jobs through growing our military economy and keeping us a proud, military-friendly state."

Sept. 18

The two leading candidates for Governor in North Carolina have set up media events for Tuesday.

Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton will visit Enventys in Charlotte to talk more about his jobs plan. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx will join Dalton at the event scheduled to begin at 1:15pm.

According to a news release, Enventys helps inventors with  prototyping, engineering, branding, and development of products in any stage of the development process.

Dalton, the Democratic nominee for Governor, will also speak to the annual conference of the North Carolina Technology Association. Dalton will address the group at 10:00am at the Hilton center City in Charlotte. Pat McCrory, the Republican nominee for Governor, is scheduled to speak to the NCTA conference at 11:30am.

 
Sept. 17
(updated by Jon Evans)

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) - The rocking chair duo is back on the North Carolina political airwaves.
    
Two memorable men who starred in ads critical of Sen. Elizabeth Dole in 2008 and supporting Sen. Richard Burr in 2010 are in another television commercial, this time paid for by the campaign of Republican 7th Congressional District candidate David Rouzer.
    
The ad began late last week in the Wilmington market and shows the men sitting next to iced tea glasses and expressing disappointment in 7th District incumbent Mike McIntyre for accusations against Rouzer. They also suggested McIntyre is aligned too closely with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
    
The anti-Dole ad in 2008 was credited for helping Democrat Kay Hagan beat Dole.
    
The Rouzer spokeswoman said the men reached out to the campaign to participate in an ad.

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Sept. 10

Gubernatorial candidates Walter Dalton and Pat McCrory will both appear at the same venue in Wilmington next month.

McCrory and Dalton will appear at a Greater Wilmington Business Journal Power Breakfast event Oct. 3 at the Wilmington Convention Center, according to a news release. The event begins at 7:30am, with the program starting at 8:15am.

Organizers of the upcoming breakfast event said the candidates would give remarks and answer questions from the audience.

"This will be a great opportunity for voters in the Wilmington region to hear directly from both candidates before North Carolina selects its next governor on Nov. 6th," Rob Kaiser, the business journal's publisher, said in a release.

Tickets are $35 each or $350 for a table of 10. Click here for more information.


August 31

Lt. Governor Walter Dalton's campaign says it has released the first "advertisement of the general election campaign".

The video called "25 small towns", posted on YouTube and the campaign website, runs 1:15, much longer than the standard :30 second political ad seen on television.  Emails to the campaign asking about the video and potential ad buys have not yet been returned.

According to FEC records, Dalton's campaign has bought ad time in both the Charlotte and Raleigh markets, starting in October. The campaign has also inquired about buying time on WECT in the Wilmington market.

Dalton's opponent Pat McCrory's campaign has released several ads since the primary election.


August 30

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The political arms of Planned Parenthood affiliates in North Carolina have endorsed Democrat Walter Dalton for governor this fall, saying he will stand up for women's health issues if elected.
    
The separate "action funds" of Planned Parenthood Health Systems and Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina announced their decisions Thursday to back the lieutenant governor and not Republican nominee Pat McCrory.
    
A spokeswoman for one affiliate said Dalton is needed to block likely Republican efforts in 2013 at the Legislature to turn back progress further on women's health initiatives. The General Assembly passed legislation the past two years to halt state funding for Planned Parenthood and to place more restrictions on abortion.
    
Planned Parenthood offers preventive health care, birth control, annual breast cancer exams and also provides abortions.

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August 29

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is coming again to North Carolina to help get fellow Republican Pat McCrory into the Executive Mansion.
    
McCrory's campaign announced Wednesday - the day after Christie delivered the keynote at the Republican National Convention - that the party's rising star would appear at a fundraiser and do some campaigning with the former Charlotte mayor.
    
Details were not immediately available, but the fundraiser is slated for a private home in Charlotte.
    
Christie raised money for McCrory's campaign in November in Greensboro.
    
McCrory is not attending the Republican convention. McCrory has said he originally planned to attend the convention for one day but decided to spend time campaigning in western North Carolina.

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August 23

Republican Pat McCrory is touting a new endorsement of his campaign for Governor.  The North Carolina chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business announced it is backing McCrory during a news event in Winston-Salem.

The AP reports McCrory got the group's endorsement in his 2008 campaign, when he lost to Beverly Perdue.  The difference is this year's Democratic nominee, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, has taken part in many round-table discussions with small businesses across the state                

State director Gregg Thompson said McCrory "..has proven leadership abilities and is committed to reducing taxes, improving education and making regulations sensible."


August 22
(updated 7:30pm)


Pat McCrory is planning what his campaign calls "a major statewide endorsement" Thursday afternoon in Winston-Salem.

McCrory, the former Mayor of Charlotte, is running for Governor of North Carolina against current Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton and Libertarian candidate Barbara Howe.

Both Dalton and McCrory have announced endorsements from large groups in recent weeks. McCrory received the endorsement of the Associated Builders and Contractors, a national trade association representing contractors and builders. Dalton's campaign got the backing from North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police less than a week later.

August 22 (updated 4:20pm)

The National Republican Congressional Committee takes aim at Rep. Mike McIntyre in a new political ad called "You Decide". But, the non-partisan Annenberg Public Policy Center's website, FactCheck.org, finds many of the claims "false" or "misleading".

The ad says Rep. McIntyre "voted for higher taxes on Social Security, small businesses, middle-class families, even marriage." 

You can see the ad, and read the website's discussion of the claims, by clicking here.


August 22
(updated 3:35pm)

Sen. David Rouzer's campaign is keeping an eye on the forecast track for Tropical Storm Isaac.  Rouzer was recently invited to speak August 27, at the opening night of the National Republican Convention in Tampa. But, the official forecast track for the storm brings it into the Tampa area on Monday as a category one Hurricane.

Jessica Wood, a spokesperson for Rouzer's campaign, said House Speaker John Boehner's office invited Rouzer to speak at the convention. The timeframe is tentatively set for between 5pm and 7pm on Monday night. Wood says the campaign is making plans to travel, but will wait and see what develops with Isaac before making a final decision.

August 22


The North Carolina Republican Party takes aim at one of the guests scheduled to appear at a fundraiser for Rep. Mike McIntyre.  Lanny Wilson, a former member of the North Carolina Board of Transportation, is one of the sponsors at the fundraiser to be hosted August 23 by Paul and Brenda McCombie of Wilmington. Wilson served nine years as local representative on the DOT board. He was mentioned in an indictment of former Governor Mike Easley, and resigned from the board in January of 2010.

"North Carolinians are sick of the culture of corruption surrounding the Democratic Party," Scott Laster, NCGOP Executive Director said in an e-mail to media. "Mike McIntyre's acceptance of Lanny Wilson's cash shows that he has no problem with the culture of corruption that has plagued other North Carolina Democrats such as convicted-felon Mike Easley, Bev Perdue, and Jim Black."

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and his wife Renee are also listed as sponsors for the McIntyre event.

McIntyre's opponent, state Sen. David Rouzer, will be in Wilmington for a fundraiser Wednesday night. Rep. Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, will appear at the event which will take place at the home of Tom and Kate Fetzer. Mr. Fetzer is the former Mayor of Raleigh.

August 20

Daily alerts are coming in from the Democratic & Republican National Conventions, which will both take place within the next few weeks.  The DNC said today it has added more speakers to the lineup for Charlotte, including Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago and former Chief of Staff for President Obama, Senator and 2004 Presidential Nominee John Kerry of Massachusetts and California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. They join previously announced speakers that include former President Bill Clinton and Julian Castro, the Mayor of San Antonio. President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden will speak on Thursday, September 6 at Bank of America Stadium, then last night of the convention.

Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, is expeted to headline the Republican National Convention's opening night, August 27 in Tampa, Florida.  Also on the schedule for the RNC is Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, the son of Congressman Ron Paul who ran against Romney for the nomination. Artur Davis is slated to speak in Tampa. Davis is a former Democratic congressman who co-chaired President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, who switched to the Republican party in May.

The rock band Foo Fighters will host a Rock the Vote concert in Charlotte during the convention. The band will play at the Fillmore Charlotte on Wednesday, September 5 at 9 p.m., with the proceeds going to benefit Rock the Vote. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, August 21 at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.


August 14
(updated 4:05 by Jon Evans)

Pat McCrory's campaign for Governor plans to launch a new TV ad on Wednesday. It will be the second statewide buy of the month for the former Mayor of Charlotte. Asked about the cost, a campaign spokesman would only call it "significant", the same description used following the release of McCrory's first ad earlier in August.

The McCrory spokesman did tell me that the campaign has reserved $6 million in television ad time from now through the general election on November 6. That includes broadcast and cable outlets across North Carolina.

I contacted the "Dalton for Governor "campaign to inquire about any planned advertising buys. "We don't discuss media strategy specifics, but I can tell you that we are beginning our buy now and it will be a statewide, multimillion ad campaign that will begin soon," said Schorr Johnson, the Communications Director.


August 14
(updated 2:45)

The campaigns for gubernatorial candidates Walter Dalton and Pat McCrory have agreed to a third debate in the weeks leading up to the election.  The two will meet at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount at 7:00pm on October 24.

Both candidates had already agreed to a pair of debates sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters on Oct. 3 and Oct. 16. They will take place the University of North Carolina Television studios in Research Triangle Park.

The Libertarian candidate in the race for Governor, Barbara Howe, is not taking part in any of the three scheduled debates. According to the Associated Press, Howe says she should be included.

The first debate between took place at the North Carolina Bar Association event in June, at the Hilton Riverside in Wilmington.

August 13 (updated 10:30am)

Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reports the National Republican Congressional Committee will start targeting four Democratic Representatives this week, including Congressman Mike McIntyre (D-NC 7).

Roll Call says the ads will start Friday with $27,600 earmarked for the Wilmington-area district. The newspaper points out that the NRCC didn't start advertising until after Labor Day two years ago.

McIntyre faces Republican Nominee David Rouzer in the Fall.

Overall, the NRCC said it planned to spend $24 million on the campaign. Read more about it in Roll Call via this link.

August 8 (updated 2:15pm)

Walter Dalton's campaign sent out a news release saying the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Dalton for Governor.  The organization includes more than 6,300 active and retired police and law enforcement officers from around the state, cited Dalton's commitment to law enforcement issues throughout his career.

"Lt. Governor Dalton is a proven leader with a clear record of support for the men and women of law enforcement," said FOP President Randy Haigler in the news release.

"I am honored to have the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police," Dalton is quoted in same release. "These men and women put their lives on the line every day to keep us all safe. They deserve our support as they fight to make North Carolina a safer place to live, work, and raise a family. "

August 7 (updated 1:55pm)

Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi will visit Wilmington and Oak Island campaigning for Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for President. A release says Gov. Bryant will talk about "Romney's plan to strengthen the middle class by relying on the hard work and determination of the American people…"

According to a schedule released by e-mail, Gov. Bryant will visit the "Wilmington Victory Office" at 3500 Oleander Drive, Suite E-19 at 5:30pm on Wednesday, August 8. He will visit the Oak Island GOP for a meet and greet at 9:30am on Thursday, August 8, at Oak island Restaurant on East Oak Island Drive.

 

August 3  (updated 3:30pm)

Pat McCrory, the Republican candidate for Governor in North Carolina, came to Wilmington on Friday and received the endorsement of the Associated Builders and Contractors, a national trade association representing contractors and builders.

"The election of Pat McCrory as Governor is a top priority for the commercial and industrial construction industry and the thousands of Tar Heels it employs," said Doug Carlson, ABC President & CEO said in a news release. "Pat has articulated a clear position on issues important to ABC members, including Workforce Development/Vocational Training, a concise business plan to reduce taxes and cut regulations that hinder job creation and supporting the free-market, merit shop philosophy."

McCrory faces Democrat Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton and Libertarian Barbara Howe in the race to succeed Gov. Beverly Perdue, who announced earlier this year she would not seek a second term.

July 31

Dueling polls with different results in the race for NC7 in Congress.  Republican candidate David Rouzer released a poll from Public Opinion Strategies showing he is trailing incubment Democrat Mike McIntyre, 44 to 40%.  That was Monday. Tuesday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a poll from Grove Insight showing McIntyre with a 53 to 34% advantage. This last poll was conducted from July 26 to 29 with a 4.9% margin of error.

The DCCC says the poll also shows that McIntyre is "extremely popular" with 37% of voters having a favorable impression of him.

July 31 (updated 2:05pm by Jon Evans)

The Wilmington market is not included in a new television ad campaign by Crossroads GPS, described as "the private arm of the Karl Rove-backed super PAC American Crossroads". The group is running a new TV issue ad in North Carolina for ten days, a $977,000 buy, criticizing what it calls "the worst economic recovery America has ever had."

According to Nate Hodson, the Crossroads GPS Director of state and regional media relations, the ad is running in the Charlotte market, along with Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro-Winston Salem and Greenville-Spartanburg. A news release says it is the last spot in a campaign that has spent $25 million in key states such as North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Florida.

July 30 (updated 1:55pm)

 According to a poll released by his campaign, State Senator David Rouzer is running close to incumbent Congressman Mike McIntyre with more than three months remaining before election day.  The poll done by Public Opinion Strategies shows McIntyre leading Rouzer 44%-40%, in race for the Seventh Congressional District seat. 

 Rouzer is a state senator from Johnston County. He defeated Ilario Pantano and Randy Crow to win the Republican nomination. McIntyre, a Democrat from Lumberton, is looking to win re-election for a ninth term in Washington, DC. 

 

 July 30

  Erik Anderson, a political newcomer from Winterville, will be in Wilmington on Saturday, August 4 for a political meet and greet with supporters. Anderson is running against incumbent Rep. Walter B. Jones for the Third Congressional District seat.

  Anderson will appear at Ted's Fun on the River from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. According to his website, Anderson is a former marine who has worked in retail for the past five years.  Rep. Jones is a nine-term incumbent from Farmville.


July 27 (updated 1:45pm by Jon Evans)

 According to the Associated Press, North Carolina is one of nine states where a super PAC backing Mitt Romney will start airing $1 million worth of radio ads.

 The AP reports Restore Our Future plans to put the 60-second ad on the air in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. In it, a female narrator says President Barack Obama has no record to run on and has resorted to negative attacks on Romney.

 

July 26  3:35pm (by Jon Evans)

  This item from the "Rouzer for Congress" campaign.  Senator David Rouzer will celebrate the start of the 2012 Olympic Games and kickoff the start of the general election campaign season on Friday, July 27. The event will take place at the campaign headquarters at 5704 Oleander Drive in Wilmington. The public is invited.

  Rouzer is the Republican nominee running against incumbent Congressman Mike McIntyre for the Seventh District Congressional seat in the US House of Representatives. Rouzer, who is from Johnston County, defeated Ilario Pantano in the primary election. Rep. McIntyre has served in the seat since 1996.

 

July 26 (by Jon Evans)

  A new poll released by the NC Citizens for Progress group shows Republican candidate for Governor, Pat McCrory, leading the Democratic nominee, Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton, by a 45%-39% margin. The group says the same poll done in April had McCrory leading 46%-34%.

  According to an e-mail sent out by Progress NC Action, the race between the two candidates is tied 41%-41% in the three major TV markets where the group has aired ads, which are Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, and New Bern-Greenville-Washington.

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