NC Senate Race A Toss-Up. Why Aren’t We Talking About It?

  • The 2022 midterms are less than a month away. With Election Day rapidly approaching, races in Arizona, Georgia, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have taken the spotlight, and according to most pundits, control of the Senate comes down to these five states.
  • Conspicuously, political analysts in the Beltway have all but stripped North Carolina, a purple, perennial swing state, and its Senate race between Congressman Ted Budd and state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley of its toss up status, and Democrats seem prepared to cede the state to Republicans.
  • But they shouldn’t. After growing up in Durham, the heart and soul of the Democratic Party in North Carolina, and spending significant time in reliably red towns like Brevard and Greenville, I know that even in the most partisan areas of the state, it doesn’t just boil down to picking between R and D.
  • North Carolinians don’t care much for partisanship or simple party loyalty – it’s part of what makes the state a bit of a political enigma. Instead, when folks in the Tar Heel State go to the ballot box, they vote for individual candidates, the policies they support, and most importantly, their plan to fight for North Carolina in Washington.
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