To be fair, North Carolina is a local Blue state. We like our state house and senate to be democrats. Our governors? We like them to be democrats too. Locally we bleed a fair shade of blue.
So to say that Bev Purdue won the office in 2008 isn’t a completely accurate picture. It helped her, sure, but it’s hard to say that was the only factor.
What is true is that she is a wildly unpopular governor.
And when I say npopular, I mean UNpopular:
Her numbers are so low she’s isn’t even gonna try and run for her second term. She bowed out leaving the race to a bunch of democrats that don’t carry much name recognition.
So, in a time when democrats from Florida to Ohio to Wisconsin feel they have the republicans on the ropes, North Carolina is about to deal a serious blow to the hopes they have of making significant in roads to the control of the states the republicans took in 2008:
Two polls put the early governor’s race in context. The left-leaning Public Policy Polling took a look at the primary races, but the conservative Civitas Institute looked ahead to November.
Civitas found Republican Pat McCrory holds a clear lead on his lesser-known Democratic challengers. The closest contest is McCrory vs. Bob Etheridge, a former congressman and superintendent of education. In a hypothetical matchup, McCrory takes 46 percent to Etheridge’s 32 percent.
If McCrory faced Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton in an election held today, his margin of victory is greater: 49 percent to 30 percent. State Rep. Bill Faison of Orange County trails by 21 points, the poll shows.