More People Running for Office

Like the crowded fields for Congress, there's been a spike in the number of contested primary races for the North Carolina General Assembly.

There are 81 contested House and Senate primaries Tuesday, compared to the 51 recorded for both the 2006 and 2008 primaries. The largest increase has been in the Republican primaries: 47 this year compared to 22 two years ago.

Longtime state political researcher John Davis attributes the increase to the heightened interest in politics in Raleigh by conservatives unhappy with what's going on in Washington.

Davis says the increase runs counter to conventional thinking that the number of primaries fall as once-a-decade redistricting nears. That's because voting habits are usually predictable by the end of the decade.


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  • by Voter Location: Pitt on May 3, 2010 at 03:56 PM
    WITN: if this is an open forum, why do you not post most of my comments? I submitted an insightful and timely comment about candidate Eugene James and you did not post. There was nothing contradictory of your policy in doing so. Why?
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on May 3, 2010 at 02:47 PM
    America is tired of sick liberals ruining our country. It's not just in NC it's in every state in our country. With Obama in office screwing up our future and forcing socialism on America, the American people are waking up and smelling the coffee and want these idiots removed from our national & state capitol's and replaced with one's who promote nationalism, free enterprise and freedom of choice. We want America back. Vote Republican or Independent conservative!!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 3, 2010 at 05:29 AM
    Actually Mike, not the incumbants, look at their voting record. As a democrat, I am voting R this year and in 2012. If you look at the voting record, those we sent to DC, voted with Obama and his destruction record. In NC, look at the increase in taxes, sales, income, everything has gone up in a bad time to do just that. The real problem in this state, is the denial that illegals cost us money. Well, schools, hospitals and social services are going up, yet NC does nothing about it and just raised taxes. Bev fusses about budgets not being met, yet, we see community colleges allow illegals to attend, then we have to hire more teachers who are bi lingual....ever wonder who pays for all this? You and me.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on May 3, 2010 at 03:33 AM
    The people are so fed up with the way local, state, and federal government is run all incumbents are in trouble. Candidates for contested seats smell blood! And voters are out for their pound of flesh!
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