Good morning! If you’re having any trouble picking candidates today, just remember, we’re here for you.
1. Clinton is “strong in the South. Like in North Carolina for instance, according to a new PPP Poll:
Clinton is better positioned in the Southern states voting on Tuesday. She leads 57/32 in Florida, and 56/37 in North Carolina. She benefits in Florida from it being a closed primary state- her lead with Democrats is comparable to what it is in the three Midwestern states voting on Tuesday but that’s the entire electorate in the Sunshine State, putting her in a strong position. In North Carolina, Clinton has already accrued a huge lead during early voting. Among those who have already cast their ballots she leads 68/29, and the race only gets closer overall because her advantage is a tighter 50/40 spread among those planning to vote on Election Day.
Oh, and Drumpf apparently has a lock on N.C. as well. Sigh.
… Trump is polling at 44 percent to 33 percent for Ted Cruz, 11 percent for John Kasich, and 7 percent for Marco Rubio.
It looks like incessant TV ads touting your own holiness, and an endorsement from N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger barely amount to a hill of beans these days, eh, Ted Cruz?
From the News & Observer:
Berger said he’s backing Cruz because he thinks Cruz offers the best chance for a Republican victory
“Of the two candidates with a realistic chance to win the Republican nomination for president, only Ted Cruz can defeat Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in the general election this November,” Berger said in a news release. “Ted Cruz is a principled outsider with a proven track record on fiscal and social issues that conservatives can count on.”
Berger praised frontrunner Donald Trump, who he said has “stood up to the liberal media and he’s challenged the political correctness that is tearing apart the cultural fabric that has made America great.” But Berger noted that some polls show Trump would lose to Clinton.
2. Bernie fires up Charlotte! As he does.
From The Charlotte Observer:
Democrat Hillary Clinton called on Charlotte voters Monday to reject “the kind of bluster … and bullying that is stalking our political system.”
From Asheville Citizen-Times:
In-family squabbles sometimes can be more intense and ugly than fights with strangers.
This holds true again this year in some North Carolina General Assembly primary races, particularly for House Republicans facing challengers who believe the incumbents from their own party aren’t true conservatives. Representatives who’ve defied the chamber’s leadership are fighting to keep their seats, too.
House and Senate seats open in 2017 due to pending retirements also attracted more candidates for Tuesday’s primary. And special interest groups and individuals are injecting money into races to try to influence outcomes. The North Carolina Chamber has spent at least $260,000 in independent expenditures backing candidates, according to campaign reports. A political committee associated with the N.C. Association of Realtors has spent more than $400,000.
And, in some sad news….
4. NC Sheriff’s office won’t file riot incitement charges against Drumpf.
From the Washington Post:
After reviewing evidence from the rally in Fayetteville, N.C., the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office concluded that it “does not meet the requisites of the law” to “support a conviction” of inciting a riot following the event, at which an anti-Trump protester was sucker-punched as he was led out.
“Accordingly, we will not be seeking a warrant or indictment against Mr. Trump or his campaign for these offenses,” the statement said. “While other aspects of our investigation are continuing, the investigation with regard to Mr. Trump and his campaign has been concluded, and no charges are anticipated.”
The Cumberland Sheriff’s Office, however, did not apologize for getting our hopes up, yesterday.
OK, now stop reading and go vote.