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#ncga: “I’ll take ONE senate seat for $500K, please.”

No, your eyes are not deceiving you.  Sam Searcy (D), candidate for the SD-17 seat in Wake County, has loaned his campaign  $500,000.  He is seeking to knock off incumbent Tamara Barringer (R) in November. THAT loan by Searcy puts his total fundraising haul for…

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#ncga: In HD-40, Avila (R) leading incumbent John (D) in $$$ chase

This rematch of 2016 appears to be looking a little more favorable toward Marilyn Avila.  She lost her Raleigh-based seat to Democrat Joe John that year in a race heavily targeted by state Democrats and liberal groups. Campaign reports for 2018 show John raising $29,645…

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#ncga: In HD-20, Cohen (D) neck-and-neck in with Grange (R) in $$$ chase

Things are looking a little interesting in this very-Republican district. Incumbent Holly Grange (R) is running for her second full term in Raleigh.  (She was appointed to the seat in mid-2016 thanks to the incumbent’s resignation.) According to campaign reports, Grange raised $30,557 in the…

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#ncga: In HD-6, Judge (D) outrai$ed Hanig (R) BIG

A personal feud between Reps. Beverly Boswell (R) and Bob Steinburg (R) let to Currituck County commissioner (and Steinburg lieutenant) Bobby Hanig (R) primary-ing Boswell in May. Things went well for Hanig in May.  But it appears the road has been bumpy since.  According to…

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#ncga, In SD-41, Marcus(D) swamping Tarte (R) in fundrai$ing

Democrat Natasha Marcus is apparently looking a lot scarier to Jeff Tarte than Nicole Revels.  The Democrat’s 1st quarter fundraising totals exceed Tarte’s total haul for the year.  Disclosure reports show Marcus raised $113,802.53 from 375 donors during that period.  Tarte reported raising $35,456.34 from…

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#ncga: In SD-9, Peterson (D) outrai$ed incumbent Lee (R) in Q2

And the beat goes on … Former Wilmington mayor Harper Peterson is one of the Democrats’ marquee challengers in this cycle.  This seat has bounced back and forth between the parties since Patrick Ballantine gave it up to run for governor.  Democrat Julia Boseman held…

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#ncga: In HD-36, Democrat von Haefen has MORE Dollars than Nelson

For the second quarter of 2018, that is.  One of Speaker Tim Moore’s top henchmen (who happens to chair the House Appropriations Committee) finds himself in a little bit of a fiscal hole. According to the latest campaign disclosure reports, state Rep. Nelson Dollar reports…

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#ncga: In HD-52, Simon (D) outrai$ed Boles (R) in low-budget Q2 tussle

They appear to really be pinching pennies in this Moore County-based district.      Republican incumbent Jamie Boles has been representing this district since 2008.  He’s had no significant challenges from Democrats, but has had two serious Republican primary challengers. His last primary challenger, Aberdeen…

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#ncga: In SD-1, Phelps (D) outrai$ed Steinburg (R) in Q2

I’m starting to see a pattern here. Bill Cook (R) is stepping down from his admirable tenure representing district 1.  The district on the ballot for November is more Democrat-friendly than the one Cook has been serving. State Rep. Bob Steinburg (R) is seeking to…

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#ncga: In SD-25, Mills(D) outrai$ed incumbent McInnis (R) in Q2

It took a vicious slander campaign courtesy of Phil Berger and the boys to get him through the May primary. Tom McInnis might need even more of the same  if he’s going to pull out a win in November. According to the latest disclosure reports, Pinehurst…