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  •  This is true in state legislative races (22+ / 0-)

    all over NC.  There were 23 of 50 state senate seats (16 R, 7 D) that were uncontested by the opposition.  I the state house 50 of 120 seats (24 D, 26 R) were officially uncontested and another R seat may as well have been.  A lot of this has to do with the new-for-2010 and beyond maps that hem Democrats into a small number of highly concentrated districts (which is why despite a statewide advantage of about 1%, Dems surrendered a 3/5 majority in both houses of the legislature).  Until the NCDP is willing to challenge every seat, no matter how hopeless the race may be, they'll continue to get hammered like this.  Because the maps aren't going to change significantly until the Dems retake the General Assembly, and you can't score if you don't shoot the fucking puck.

    I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

    by mojo11 on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 07:25:07 AM PST

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    •  I'm sitting here wishing I could hit the rec (4+ / 0-)

      button over and over again!  

      "Speak the TRUTH, even if your voice shakes."

      by stellaluna on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 07:55:15 AM PST

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    •  But you do have to have someone who will run. (4+ / 0-)
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      It's probably not so easy if you are in deep red country. There's always some yahoo that will run to get their name in the paper, but obviously, you want real candidates who won't embarrass the party. My hope is that the recent self-inflicted wounds to the Republican brand continue to bleed enough to encourage some good candidates to come forward in time for 2014. Not much time left, so I hope we have a flood of candidates plunging in.

      Just another underemployed IT professional computer geek.

      by RhodeIslandAspie on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 08:01:28 AM PST

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      •  That is a significant consideration... (0+ / 0-)

        And believe me, there are some districts that are so very, very red they're damn near purple.  But one of those uncontested districts was Thom Tillis' district in Mecklenberg County (Charlotte).  I refuse to believe that the NCDP couldn't find a single credible Democrat to challenge the ALEC Poster Boy.  You might have trouble finding qualified candidates in places like Pender or Duplin or Bladen or Caldwell, but there's no excuse to leave a seat in Mecklenberg or Wake unchallenged.

        I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

        by mojo11 on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 11:02:29 AM PST

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