Thank you and on to November!

Whew! The last three days have been a blur—traveling on Monday, the excitement of Tuesday and the endless media obligations and phone calls today. Now that I got a moment, I would like to say thank you. I know I have a number of great supporters at BlueNC and I want to say thanks for your energy and for your vote.

I also know that there were some here who supported my opponent, but now I hope you will join me and the rest of the Democratic ticket because it’s time for us to unite this party and this state.

You can see the excitement building in the Democratic Party all around you. Our registration numbers are up and we had record turnout yesterday. We also know that we are on the right side of the issues for North Carolina families on health care, education, the environment, jobs, and more and more and more.

But we also know that we need to work together to reach out to independents, and yes, even some Republicans. If we come together now, I promise you I will be a fighter and a hard working candidate that won’t rest until Election Day and we will win.

Thank you and on to November!

2008 Primary Election Analysis: NC-03

This is a cross-post from Bloviations and is the first in a series of posts examining 2008 Primary Elections in Onslow County.

Primary 2008 over and all that’s left is to clear the battlefields of the dead and wounded. For North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District, that means sweeping away Democrat Marshall Adame and Republican Joe McLaughlin.

Craig Weber defeated Marshall Adame by nearly 30,000 votes (or 39% of votes cast).

Well . . . crud

Silver lining, silver lining . . . . gotta be here somewhere.... oh, here it is. Lost race for Statewide office while running a campaign built on candor, integrity, effort and grassroots support. Left the field of battle with head high, despite mud and underhanded tactics. Will be back - long after they are gone.

There we go. That will do nicely.

Thank you BlueNC!

First off, I want to congratulate Senator Walter Dalton on a race well-fought and well-won. I hope everyone here will join me in supporting Walter and all of our great Democratic candidates with the energy and determination I've come to associate with this community.

That's why I also want to congratulate BlueNC today. This site has provided a terrific forum for serious discussion of substantive issues this election season, and has served to energize progressives across our state. Even if your candidate didn't win yesterday, you all played a role in helping to get more Dems to the polls -- and informing them before they got there. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in a live blog and many spirited discussions here. Thank you.

Pat McCrory's "they" problem

I confess to not knowing a lot about Pat McCrory and the great state of Mecklenburg. But I do know this. Pat McCrory has a big ugly "they" problem, and it will be his downfall in November. From his victory speech last night, referring to his tenure as mayor in Charlotte:

"I plan to bring that leadership to the rest of North Carolina because they deserve it."

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