NC Republicans Decide To Keep Primaries Open

Republican primaries in North Carolina will continue to be open to unaffiliated voters.

GOP spokesman Jordan Shaw says the party's Executive Committee overwhelmingly rejected a resolution that would only allow Republicans to choose the party's nominees.

Voters unaffiliated with a party have been helping pick who runs on the GOP ticket since 1988.

Republicans pushing the change argued party members should be the ones picking their nominees because independents are more inclined to back moderates.

But many state leaders worried changing the rules could damage Republican chances to win elections in 2010.


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  • by James Location: Washington on Nov 23, 2009 at 07:17 AM
    Beliefs can be a dangerous statement when left alone. The only belief system our country was founded on is the Christian Judea type which was handed to us from God Almighty (ten commandments, etc.). Our forefathers and presidents for the first 150 yrs from when this country was founded spoke Boldly of their Christian beliefs and acknowledged their Lord and savior as Jesus Christ. This is all clearly stated within our Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights. Why do so many these days make up their own set of beliefs which divides us as a United States of America? Being divided as a nation and not united under God and His principles is what's wrong with our country. If "Independent" represented Christian beliefs I would vote as an Independent but they are somewhat mixed. I would cast my vote on ones who boldly portray Christian values and have a good track record. Study up and be careful in who you believe in. Remember Jesus is: The Way, The Truth & The Life.
  • by McArthur Park on Nov 22, 2009 at 06:53 PM
    I must disagree with the statement that independents are generally moderate in tone. I am leaning toward becoming an independent because I feel that neither party has represented my core views. I always have voted repub because they are much closer to representing my beliefs. There is nothing worst than a politician that promises something and then when he/she gets the reins of power, he/she do as he/she pleases. Wake up, politicians--this is why the independents are becoming more and more into vogue among voters. If you want our votes, represent our beliefs.
  • by Jonathan Location: Plymouth on Nov 22, 2009 at 04:20 PM
    Dumb move, now we will continue to have watered down people will a liberal lean, and will cointinue to let the democrats ruin/run the state.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Nov 22, 2009 at 03:42 PM
    As long as there are only two parties we will continue to have the same 'ole types of politicians. Nothing will change. We need a third party.
  • by LW Location: Greenville on Nov 22, 2009 at 02:31 PM
    Wise choice. Independents will vote for anyone who stops the spending. To bad Reps are against that. If they was Ron Paul would be President.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Nov 22, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    If all the independents were to vote in the Democratic primaries maybe they could get some candidates elected to office who would bend to the will of the people rather than ram unwanted legislation down our throats.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Nov 22, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    And there you have it. As long as moderates are not truly welcome and accepted for anything other than their vote,by the Reps, we are very likely to keep the Dems in control. Too bad...
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