Karen Cox

Misunderestimating North Carolina

Karen Cox, a professor at UNC Charlotte, writes a meandering column in the New York Times today about politics in the south, and more specifically, about liberals in the south. Touching on race, education, and the urban-rural divide, she addresses a number of important points, but doesn't quite manage to see the elephant in the room.

Many people have labeled my home state of North Carolina a red state, but it’s much more complicated than that. In the very rural mountain county of Avery, for example, Mr. Romney won with a whopping 74.5 percent of the vote, yet in Mecklenburg County, which includes Charlotte, he lost to Mr. Obama by nearly 23 percentage points. True, North Carolinians elected a Republican governor, but to be fair, the Democratic candidate ran a weak campaign.

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