November 2, 2018/Press

NCDP TAKEAWAY – GOP FOCUSED ON FEAR AND DIVISION, DEMS FOCUSED ON EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE – REPUBLICANS LOSE IT IN THE FINAL STRETCH – TARTE’S TOLLS: A “FULL FLOP” – HONEY THE GOVERNOR’S HERE! – DEMS KEEP FINANCIAL ADVANTAGE

NC GOP CLOSING MESSAGE FOCUSED ON FEAR AND DIVISION

Republicans’ closing message to North Carolina voters in the final week of the campaign is increasingly about stoking division and fear, as Republican candidates, led by President Trump, lean fully into a culture war and racist dog-whistles to scare their voters.

SD-27: Sen. Trudy Wade
Senator Trudy Wade’s closing ad is a fear-mongering message focused on asylum seekers more than 1,000 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

SD-24: Rick Gunn
Sen. Gunn and the NCGOP sent a mailer accusing Democratic candidate J.D. Wooten of “helping illegal aliens avoid deportation and stay here illegally.” J.D. is a veteran and intellectual property lawyer.
SD-1: Bob Steinburg
Rep. Bob Steinburg and Justice Jackson are running an ad attacking Democratic supporter and Jewish-American George Soros, claiming that “Soros and the radical left” are trying to take over the North Carolina courts.
Supreme Court: Justice Jackson
Justice Jackson’s closing message is about sanctuary cities that “protect illegal immigrants,” with quick motion shots of scary images. North Carolina banned sanctuary cities in 2015.
HD-36: John Adcock
John Adcock revived Jesse Helm’s racist 1972 campaign slogan, “One of Us,” which was used by Helms’ as a “slur” against his opponent’s heritage. Adcock is running against African-American family law attorney Sydney Batch.

NCGOP’s Closing Slogan
The Republican Party’s closing slogan to voters – “Jobs Not Mobs” – fans the flames of bigotry.

 
These dog whistles and fear-mongering messages have serious consequences, yet Republicans are still running on this message.

DEMS CLOSING MESSAGE FOCUSED ON HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION

Meanwhile, Democrats are speaking to the two issues at the top of voters minds: health care and public education.

HD-37: Sydney Batch
“I’m running for the legislature to change that – to stand up to insurance companies that raise premiums or try to deny coverage for preexisting conditions. To me, health care has always been important; now, it’s personal.”

HD-93: Ray Russell
[When knocking on doors, Russell asked a woman what mattered to her.] “She just cried. It took her a long time to get anything out. She said, you know, I’m not a deadbeat. I’ve worked all my life since I was 14 years old. And I have to choose between my asthma medicine and eating. That woman is why I’m running for this position.”
 
HD-9: Kris Rixon
From the Daily Reflector: “Rixon held a campaign event on the steps of the Pitt County Courthouse on Saturday to push for Medicaid expansion … If Medicaid is expanded more than 600,000 North Carolinians will have health insurance, Rixon said.”

SD-19: Kirk deViere
“Everyone deserves a chance to succeed no matter what zip code you’re from. That’s why I’ll fight to give schools more resources and raise teacher’s pay.”
 

HD-74Terri LeGrand
“We need to make sure that every child in North Carolina has access to quality Pre-K education so that they can have an opportunity for success in the future.”

 

REPUBLICANS FALL APART IN THE FINAL STRETCH

Republican candidates have had a bad couple of weeks. The NC GOP have shown that they’ll deceive and scare voters and cut corners rather than talk about their abysmal record of attacking your health care and our public schools. Just to name a few examples…
  • The NC GOP is lying in dozens of advertisements across the state by claiming that Democratic candidates want to enact single-payer health care. Their ads were rated completely false.
  • Sen. Dan Bishop invested in hate-speech fueled social media site Gab.
Bishop claims that he didn’t know Gab’s racist history. But he discovered the site from a Washington Post article titled…
…and on the same day Bishop invested, “the site’s app was banned from the Google Play store for hate speech.”
  • Sen. Wesley Meredith put countless people at risk by putting a dangerous individual with a checkered driving record behind the wheel of a company car – resulting in a serious injury.
  • Sen. Tamara Barringer tried to say that her opponent’s company being featured in a music video was disqualifying for office. The claim was rated false.
  • House Republicans might be illegally coordinating with outside groups for polling, research, even what constitutional amendments to put on the ballot
  • Sen. Michael Lee received an ethics complaint from a former GOP chair for using his public position “to curry favor for his legal clients.”
  • The NC GOP sent cards attempting to shame voters into voting. The move backfired terribly. From WRAL:
“’Now, I don’t even want to vote for my party,’ said Kelly Ducker who, like her husband, is a registered Republican living in Harnett County.”
  • House Speaker Tim Moore is under fire for attempting to enrich himself and his friends at the expense of North Carolina’s public schools.
The behavior of North Carolina Republicans raises serious questions about their fitness for elected office.

TARTE’S TOLLS: A “FULL FLOP”

Jeff Tarte spent much of the 2018 campaign trying to dissociate himself from the I-77 tolls, even telling the News & Observer:
“At no point have I been in favor of this specific project.”
Politifact rated Tarte’s claim a “full flop,” citing multiple examples of Tarte supporting the tolls as far as 2009. Some examples:
  • In 2009, Tarte said he “had no concerns” with the construction of managed lanes on I-77
  • In 2013, Tarte called the tolls “the least onerous of the alternatives”
  • In 2014, Tarte wrote an op-ed in which he says “I am still in favor of I-77 tolling.”
The list goes on – read the whole thing here.

GOP ATTACKS ON SUNDAY VOTING MAKES NATIONAL HEADLINES

Surprise – they’re targeting African-American voters by trying to suppress Souls to the Polls voting. On Sunday voting this year, Democratic votes made up 54% (+9 from the day before) of the early vote total, while Republicans made up 15% (-11 from the day before).

POLL SHOWS APPROVAL FOR GOV. COOPER, DEMOCRATS

A new Meredith Poll shows North Carolinians are proud of the work Governor Cooper is doing for our state and are more likely to support Democratic candidates for the NC General Assembly and Congress.
  • Cooper Job Approval +32 (55-23%)
  • Democrats +11 in Generic NCGA Ballot (48-37%), up 1 pt since August
  • Democrats +11 in Generic Congressional Ballot, up nearly 5 pts since August (49-38%)

“HONEY, THE GOVERNOR’S HERE!”

Voters in Mecklenburg, Wake, and Lee Counties got a surprise visit from the Governor this weekend as he went door to door for local NC Democrats, encouraging early voting and spreading the word about how important this election is.
Charlotte:

Fox46:

WSOC:

Apex:

CBS 17:

NC DEMS KEEP FINANCIAL ADVANTAGE

North Carolina Democrats continue to hold a strong financial advantage over the NC GOP, a sign of Democratic enthusiasm as we head in to the final stretch.
  • The NCDP has raised $14 million this cycle, compared to the GOP’s $8.7 million
  • Democratic candidates have raised more money than their Republican opponents in at least 26 districts across the state, including Rachel Hunt (HD-103), Christy Clark (HD-98), Sam Searcy (SD-17), Brandon Lofton (HD-104), Sydney Batch (HD-37), Julie von Haefen (HD-36), and Mack Paul (SD-18)
  • Anita Earls raised a record $983,000 in the third quarter, bringing her total to more than three times that of Republican opponent Barbara Jackson.

NC SUBURBS SPELL TROUBLE FOR THE GOP

In a year when suburban voters could spell the end of the supermajority, suburbs are breaking from the GOP and threatening the chances of Republican lawmakers in Wake, Mecklenburg, the Triad, and NC-09 and NC-02. From McClatchy:
“‘I’m going to vote McCready, I’m just frustrated with Republicans,’ said Suzanne DiOrio, 46, a personal trainer. Asked at an early-voting site in southeast Charlotte to name the last Republican she voted for, she replied, ‘That would be Trump.’”

WHAT EDITORIAL BOARDS ARE SAYING

On Republican fear-mongering….

Fayetteville Observer:
President Trump is trying to whip our nation in a frenzy over this caravan, coincidentally on the eve of midterm elections that, if Democrats do well, could make his remaining time in office extremely difficult… It is much easier to put on a show, toss out some red meat and scare the public into voting out of fear. And that is perhaps the real disaster here.”

WRAL:
“Even the president now is admitting – without any fact-checker intervention – that he just makes up stuff. Neither he, nor the vice president, can say for a fact that there are Middle Eastern terrorists in a Central American refugee caravan 1,000 miles from the U.S. border. Yet, they are mobilizing and putting boarder authorities on alert and alarming the nation. No mere coincidence that it just happens to be just a few days before the mid-term Election Day.”

On Republicans deception over pre-existing conditions…

Charlotte Observer:
OP lawmakers and the president have shown no signs outside their words that they will offer the same level of protections for preexisting conditions that Obamacare is providing… Republicans, as they did last May, believe that’s still enough to claim they are protecting Americans with preexisting conditions. It’s not. Voters should remember that Tuesday.

On Sen. Dan Bishop’s investment in Gab…

Charlotte Observer:
“To believe Bishop’s remarks this week, you also would need to believe he wasn’t aware in 2017 of Gab’s links to hate groups — despite common knowledge and the article he cited — and that he did he not investigate or even explore the site before giving it $500 of his money.”

On Gov. Cooper’s climate change announcement…

Winston-Salem Journal:
The Republican-controlled legislature twiddles its thumbs when not actively blocking reasonable measures to cut the emissions that contribute to warming. So Gov. Roy Cooper has stepped up… Those changes are starting to do some good, but that doesn’t mean the state can afford to do nothing further about the growing threats from climate change. Cooper is right to take action.”

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