Will North Carolina go Red? (Demo)

It is safe to say North Carolina is typically a battleground state, but is that the case in this year’s presidential election?
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan visited North Carolina the day after the announcement of the Romney/Ryan ticket in August. At the events that took place, statewide attendance was at a record high, and thousands of people lined the streets just to catch a word or a glimpse of the nominees at that time.
In fact, attendance was so high that the majority of the buildings could not accompany all who wanted to attend. As a result, after the speeches inside had taken place, the front-runner gubernatorial candidate, Pat McCrory, gave a speech outside to those waiting to be permitted into the facility.
This was a personal experience of mine, but it has happened not only in other places around the state, but around the nation, as well. Victory centers throughout the state have opened in order to promote Romney and other Republican candidates. Thus far they have been very successful. Knocking on doors, volunteer recruitment and phone calls are just the beginning of the efforts being made by volunteers.
I personally do believe it will be a close election in the presidential race. Romney has a very good chance of winning North Carolina, simply because of the ground game. The ground game in our state is much better than that of four years ago with the McCain/Palin ticket.
In my opinion, the Democratic National Convention certainly did not help the democratic party here in North Carolina. The people of the Piedmont are not very fond of Obama, and they are not happy with the fact that the vast majority of the preparation work for the convention in Charlotte was done by union workers. There is no denying there was a positive impact on the hotel and restaurant industries in the Charlotte area. However, after security cost and the money spent on facilities throughout the city, was it really that great of an event in Charlotte?
On top of that, GOP candidate, Robert Pittenger, is expected to win the seat in the Charlotte area previously held by Sue Myrick, who is not running for reelection. Pittenger, who I think will win, further strengthens the Republican Party in the Charlotte area.
Richard Hudson, the Republican candidate in the eighth district, is a very divisive candidate who is in a very closely-watched race. The eighth district Democratic congressman, Larry Kissell, is the fourth most likely to be unseated in the United States Congress. That being said, there is a very good chance that Kissell will lose his seat Hudson.
Many other congressional seats in North Carolina are being watched, such as Renee Ellmers’. Her political director, Seth Willford, said that “the campaign is going well, and we are working diligently to keep the incumbent in office.” Ellmers, who has part of Wake County in her district, has an exciting race ahead, but the odds of her losing her seat are very low.
These congressional seats are just a few of the many NC members of Congress and hopefuls here in our state that continue to enhance the Republican Party and many of the principles for which they stand.

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