Stumping: Does It Make A Difference?

Political candidates have been parading through Eastern Carolina as the November election draws near. Do visits to your town impact your vote?

Just as the number of political ads are increasing on tv, the number of stops candidates are making in towns across North Carolina are on the rise.  We are nearing the November 4 election, when North Carolinians will elect a new governor, decide whether or not a sitting senator will return to the U.S. Congress, not to mention the role the state will play in the election of the next president. 

So when a candidate comes to your town, does it make a difference?

Do you go out to see a candidate when they visit?  Do you enjoy the coverage on the news?





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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Aug 31, 2008 at 12:27 PM
    I will have to assume that there has been enough research done that shows 'stump speeches have some effect, however I will have to agree with Ted, I do enough research and watching that I would never personally attend one of these rallies. The only interest I would have in one, is if I was going to personally have an opportunity to ask the candidates some questions myself. Since I am fully aware that I am not, I don't really see a point in attending. I already know who I am voting for, so unless something comes up that I cannot abide that will not change. That said, I will also say that should that occur, I may be tempted to just stay home. I would never vote for the other side. They offer nothing that appeals to me. The coverage in the news is basically a joke. Most news organizations do not report without bias, nor do they report equally. We as a people are left with one our own research and then make up our minds.
  • by Carolyn Location: Ayden on Aug 26, 2008 at 02:04 AM
    Makes no difference to me. I base my vote on the candidate's platform mainly regarding abortion. If a person promises to feed the world and bring world peace, but supports the murder of defenseless babies, he/she would never get my vote.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Aug 22, 2008 at 09:12 AM
    I'm not fond of crowds so I do not go to see politicians. I watch enough news and do enough research to draw my own conclusions about who I will or will not vote for. These two Presidential candidates have both failed to impress me, as did all the others who ran during the primaries. I did a lot of research on the Gubernatorial candidates and found that Fred Smith was the most to my liking. Now that he has lost the primary my support will go to McCroy. I do not need to attend a rally to know that Bev Perdue and I do not see eye to eye on most political issues. While McCroy isn't my first choice, of the two running he is the one I am most allied with politically.

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