Charlotte’s Web

This coming year Charlotte, North Carolina will be at the epicenter of the political world. The Democratic National Convention is being held in Charlotte September 3-7, so all of the party figureheads will be out in full force. It is no coincidence that the DNC chose Charlotte as the city to hold their convention. North Carolina went Democratic in the last Presidential election, and the Democrats want to keep it that way. It will be interesting to see the outcome of the DNC on elections in Charlotte and throughout the rest of the state. The upcoming gubernatorial contest between Bev Perdue and Pat McCrory will have many people around the country watching. The energy and momentum certainly see to be with McCrory at this point, but many things will occur between now and next November. McCrory recently reported raising 1.5 million in the second half of 2011 which means more than 2.5 million for last year. This is a considerable amount of money considering what he raised in 08. This strong fundraising coupled with Bev’s recent issues of campaign and administration staffers running into legal trouble spell out a good start for Pat. Anyone who follows North Carolina politics know that Pat is still in for an uphill battle being a Republican attempting election statewide. However, Bev’s accomplishments while in office have been meager at best, and there continues to be a veil of corruption cast over the Democrats running Raleigh. Presidential politics always has a significant impact on state elections, so it will be interesting to see how that will play out in the gubernatorial race here next November.