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This presidential race will leave in its wake a long trail of losers. One may be the myth of the unions’ voter-turnout power. John Edwards bet his campaign on the union myth. Then he lost Iowa, his must-win state. Then

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This year’s Republican presidential primaries haven’t been debates about issues. They’ve been about character. Not character as in honesty and integrity. But character as in biography. Who you are. Not where you stand. Mike Huckabee is an example. There are,

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Last week’s Republican debate started out as a sleeper. No controversial stands. No sparring. No real debate at all. Fred Smith said he was best qualified because of his life experience. Pat McCrory said he was the man to deal

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The jinx was on Pat McCrory last week. When his campaign emailed out a press release and misspelled the word governor (spelling it governer) a little contrition would have solved the problem. But McCrory’s Campaign Manager, Victoria Smith, compounded the

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Fred Smith didn’t waste any time welcoming Charlotte Mayer Pat McCrory to the governor’s race. His response to McCrory’s announcement: He called McCrory a “tax and spend liberal” who “probably ought to be in the other party.” There’s a point

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Forty years ago, the Democratic Party blew up over race. Can it happen again? In 1968, Richard Nixon and George Wallace invited conservative whites to leave the Democratic Party. They did – in droves. Today, Democrats seem at risk of

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Hold the mayo on the John Edwards Is Toast Special. It is unlikely that Edwards will win the Democratic nomination. But this race has already seen five unlikelies – the rises of Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee and the resurrections

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Dear Pat: Victoria Smith is doing a fine job as your campaign manager. Don’t let her go. You’re the Democrats’ biggest worry in the Governor’s race. You’re the only Republican who is moderate enough to give us a run in

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Now Beverly Perdue’s new TV ad talks about her support for Smart Start. I take great pride in this. Not that I had anything to do with Governor Hunt developing the program. But I did come up with the name.

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Jack Nichols, running for State Senate in Wake County, has an interesting strategy. He has been running TV ads on cable news during busy political times. His consultants, Mike Davis and Perry Woods, say the ads are aimed at high-information

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