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  •  I agree. No district better illustrates this (13+ / 0-)

    than NC-09, where I live.

    In September 2012 I posted this diary (caution: NOT A 2014 ACTION DIARY) about Democratic candidate Jennifer Roberts.

    NC-09 was one of the more-gerrymandered districts in North Carolina; it was "advantage-R" as long as I remember, but after the 2010 gerrymandering it attained a 26.94% Republican advantage (a 9.96% increase over the previous district boundaries).

    Jennifer ran against a multimillionaire real-estate swindler and corrupt buyer-of-local-governments, a craven liar and bobble-thumpin' faux-Christian hypocrite (the perfect Republican candidate for North Carolina, in other words) named Pittenger. Pittenger poured millions of his own stolen cash into the election, millions in the crowded Republican primary alone.

    Yet Jennifer lost the election in this reddest-of-red districts by a margin of only 52-46. In spite of Pittenger's massive advantage due to gerrymandering, in spite of his massive personal (ill-gotten) wealth that he brought to bear, the election was that close.

    Former longtime NC-09 Rep. Sue Myrick never won any of her nine elections by a smaller margin than 62-36, in 2008, when President Obama won the state. And remember, those lopsided wins by Myrick were in a district with a much smaller Republican advantage.

    My point?

    We could have won this district. Where was the DCCC? Where were national donors? Where was the support for Jennifer Roberts?

    Answer: they were as AWOL in this election as George Bush was from his TANG unit.

    I personally contributed to Jennifer's campaign. I personally worked on her campaign. We set out to prove that a good - no, great - candidate can win even against the most daunting odds in the nation...and almost did so.

    A little help from the party and maybe we'd have one more Democrat and one less crooked Republican grifter in Congress.

    The moral of the story? Horace Boothroyd III already said it: if you "abandon red districts", it "will ensure Republicans win".

    "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

    by blue in NC on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 05:23:21 AM PDT

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