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View Diary: North Carolina Results Analysis: In Narrow Loss, NC Shows it is a Legitimately Purple Swing State (111 comments)

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  •  You are right about Roy ... (8+ / 0-)

    I think you are right about Roy Cooper being one of the brightest Democratic prospects in NC.
    I don't know how much power he has in his position of Attorney General. I hope he will butt head with the Republicans for the next two years and slow them down in their attempt to destroy the progressive gains made by NC.

    Don't forget to register to vote here: http://netrootsradio.blogspot.com/p/register-to-vote.html

    by bepanda on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:38:19 PM PST

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    •  I Would Also Add... (4+ / 0-)

      ...that Democrats won 6 of the 8 Council of State races.

      I think a huge part of the reason McCrory won was the fact that there has not been a Republican governor for 20 years and independents (and even a few Democrats) were just ready for something different.  The Council of State wins suggest that Democrats are still very much in the game in statewide races.  It's the gerrymandering that is killing us right now.

      “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

      by RoIn on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 12:42:28 PM PST

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      •  McCrory (2+ / 0-)
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        I've noticed that mayors of large cities tend to do well in statewide elections, especially when the city has a reputation (true or not) of doing well during their mayorship, and if it's a city that has outsized influence within a state. Mayors can easily foster a reputation of competence, even if their cities are being flushed down the toilet. It's all about a few giant wins to take attention away from all the failings.

        A guy like George Voinovich became governor and senator from Ohio because of his reputation as mayor of Cleveland, even though I think we can all agree things in Cleveland weren't all that great during his terms in the 80s. But he saved the city's electric company. Similarly, Diane Feinstein's San Francisco was all that great, yet she still managed to win a Senate seat when California still elected Republicans because she saved the cable cars.

        McCrory was a popular mayor and supported Charlotte's light rail line. Then he got out before the financial meltdown hit the city. His reputation carried throughout suburban North Carolina, so he won an easy victory.

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