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  •  Also... (5+ / 0-)
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    ...Hasn't this seat changed hands from party to party since 1980?  (incumbent from 74 lost in 80, the guy who won in 80 died in office, his appointed successor lost in '86, the winner of '86 lost to Faircloth, Faircloth lost to Edwards, The Democrat running lost in '04, etc.)?

    "An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot." - Thomas Paine

    by Mister Gloom on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:57:01 AM PST

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    •  Jesse Helms practically owned his seat, but (2+ / 0-)
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      the other one changed hands every time since 1980, like you said. NC has either had two Goopies or one of each party ever since 1972. Two Dems would be a big shift.

      Kay Hagan has Helms' seat.

      40% of the Obama voters don't pay taxes. The dems retain power by keeping people dependent on hand-outs. -- From a post at RaptureReady.com

      by Kimball Cross on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 11:37:45 AM PST

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      •  Actually since 1974, not 1980 (1+ / 0-)
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        This seat since Ervin last successfully defended it in 1968:

        1968 - Sam Ervin  D
        1974 - Richard Morgan D
        1980 - John East  R - died in office
        1986 - Terry Sanford  D
        1992 - Lauch Faircloth  R
        1998 - John Edwards D
        2004 - Richard Burr  R
        2010 - ?????

        •  John East killed himself. (0+ / 0-)

          That's why he wasn't on the ballot in 1986.

          40% of the Obama voters don't pay taxes. The dems retain power by keeping people dependent on hand-outs. -- From a post at RaptureReady.com

          by Kimball Cross on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 01:11:31 PM PST

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          •  East's Suicide (1+ / 0-)
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            East announced in early 1986 that he would not seek a second term and James Broyhill became the Republican nominee when he defeated the favored candidate of the Helms machine.

            Republican Governor Jim Martin then appointed Broyhill to the seat and it was hoped that this would give him a leg up for the November election.  It did not work as Broyhill was defeated by Democrat Terry Sanford who was in good shape to be reelected in 1992 until he had to have emergency open heart surgery a month before the election.

            •  Gov. Martin appointed Broyhill to the seat (0+ / 0-)

              after East died? Now that I did not know. I was living in Atlanta at the time.

              No wonder Broyhill got bounced. What a shabby maneuver!

              40% of the Obama voters don't pay taxes. The dems retain power by keeping people dependent on hand-outs. -- From a post at RaptureReady.com

              by Kimball Cross on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 01:37:38 PM PST

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              •  Broyhill (1+ / 0-)
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                Broyhill (he of the Broyhill furniture company) was the Congressman from the northwestern portion of the sate that included Boone and Lenoir (the lines have changed a bit since then).  He was a "mountain Republican" which is a very different breed from the Helms brand of Republicanism from the eastern portion of the state.

                Mountain Republicanism is rooted more in the pro Union sentiment during the Civil War when many in the mountains opposed succession and even sided with the north.  While they are, sadly, something of a dying breed they take a more moderate stance on most issues mixing a certain libertarian view with a willingness to support programs that will benefit their less fortunate constituents.

                Broyhill defeated a Helms preferred candidate in the primary, and East committed suicide later that summer.  The appointment of Broyhill was not particularly controversial at the time, but the ploy did not help him in November when he also had to swim against the tide that saw many Republicans first elected in the 1980 Reagan landslide get defeated and returned control of the Senate to Democrats.

            •  I Completely Forgot Broyhill (0+ / 0-)

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