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    MichaelNY, highacidity

    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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