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Friday, October 04, 2002

North Carolina Senate Race Update

The race between Elizabeth Dole and Erskine Bowles for Senate in North Carolina has definitely heated up over the past week. I can't turn on the TV without seeing ads from both of their campaigns, especially when it comes to viewing news programming. Mason-Dixon has Dole running a 14 point lead in the race, but 15 percent of the voters are still undecided. As far as I know, this seat is considered a safe Republican seat by most pundits, which is a little odd. While we have voted Republican in every Presidential campaign since 1968 except for President Carter in 1976, Senator Edward's seat has gone back and forth between the two major parties since 1974. Senator Helms has been able to hold his seat for many terms, but I am not sure that Dole will have the same staying power as Helms had. Given the recent dip in poll numbers favored candidates across the country are experiencing (Torch, Governor Bush in Florida, etc.), I am not sure that this seat is a safe Republican seat yet. North Carolina has proven that it will elect Democrats, and I think that a Bowles victory is still possible, and may not be as difficult as some people think. This election is long from over.

posted by John Branch @ 4:53 PM

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