On Tuesday, the New York Times published a glowing piece on voter turnout in North Dakota in this month’s election. In particular, they focused on how a Democrat Native American candidate defeated the Republican state representative who was the primary sponsor of the state’s voter ID law.
While politicos and commentators alike are busy preparing their “super-hot takes” for whatever the outcome of the Alabama Senate race will ultimately be, voters there are headed to the polls to cast their vote in a closely-watched election where – in my opinion – there are no good options.
Just a few days before Christmas, and on the heels of the “will it or won’t it be repealed” legislative drama over HB2, the Raleigh News and Observer (N&O) published an opinion piece that alleged NC a was “no longer a functioning democracy.”
As of this writing, the North Carolina gubernatorial race has yet to be decided. But it appears attorney general Roy Cooper (D) may be close to being able to legitimately declare himself the winner over incumbent GOP governor Pat McCrory. Unsurprisingly, the Charlotte Observer editorial board is ready to fly their “Mission Accomplished” banner. But the calls for a recount and questions about voter fraud from the McCrory campaign have delayed the struggling paper’s victory celebration, and as you can imagine, they aren’t happy about it.
Unlike other gubernatorial races across the country that were decided on November 8th, the battle for who will be NC’s next governor is still ongoing. Less than 5,000 votes separate incumbent GOP Governor Pat McCrory and NC AG Roy Cooper, his Democratic challenger who holds the ever so slight lead.