There is little doubt that independent voters will play a crucial role in November’s midterm elections. The political party not in the Executive Branch traditionally makes gains in Congress during midterms, and current polling tends to back that up for the Democrats.
Democrats lost 63 U.S. House seats in November’s election during the first term of former President Barack Obama. Democrats would like to turn those numbers around on the Republicans.
North Carolina has at least three competitive U.S. House races where incumbent Republicans Ted Budd and George Holding may be in serious trouble. Democrat Dan McCready leads Republican Mark Harris for an open seat in the 9th Congressional District.
Republicans, however, face a more favorable map when it comes to U.S. Senate races. At the last Civitas Poll event, Harper Polling CEO and Founder Brock McCleary thought the GOP could pick up one to two U.S. Senate seats. That too was before some red-state Democrat senators vowed to vote against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s now confirmed nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Interestingly too, while Democrats have advantages when it comes to leads in the generic balloting for elected officials in North Carolina, Republicans tend to lead on the issues.
This issue offers background and insight into the NC Supreme Court race between incumbent Barbara Jackson, Anita Earls, and Chris Anglin.
Brian Balfour offers commentary on the heavy expense taxpayers will face with the Democrats’ “Our Carolina Promise” campaign.
There is lots more content in this issue and Civitas will keep you informed up to the election and beyond.