Chad Nesbitt: Paul Van Heden “took over my identity on a Twitter account”

Former Buncombe County Republican chair Chad Nesbitt says his attorneys may soon contact Paul Van Heden; Nesbitt claims the Asheville resident ran a Twitter account, @chadnesbitt, that resulted in the U.S. Secret Service investigating possible threats against Pres. Bill Clinton last year.

(On the left is the real Chad Nesbitt. On the right is an image from the fake @chadnesbitt’s Twitter account.)

The Beat: Getting the Statehouse in order

A look at what’s been making headlines: The North Carolina General Assembly continued to claim the spotlight last week as Republicans took control of both the House and Senate for the first time in more than a century. In other political news, Rep. Heath Shuler made waves by getting appointed to the powerful House Committee on the Budget. He also got made fun of in the famed Doonesbury comic strip. And in national attention of a different sort, news outlets nationwide reported that Fodors listed Asheville as a top travel destination.

Front row seats

On Jan. 26, Republican majorities will be seated in both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly for the first time since 1898. The Republican power surge comes at a time when both major parties are seeing their shares of the registered voter pool shrink: Unaffiliated voters now account for almost a quarter of the […]

Not so instant

The voters may have spoken, but the State Board of Elections is still trying to figure out what they said. Although North Carolina's first stab at statewide instant-runoff voting should avoid the trouble and expense of a conventional runoff election, the winner in the 13-candidate N.C. Court of Appeals race won’t be decided until sometime […]

Buncombe bucks the trend

Climbing onstage in a Renaissance Asheville Hotel ballroom bedecked with campaign signs, Charles Carter brandished a copy of the Asheville Citizen-Times that proclaimed, “Buncombe GOP Voters Make Gains.” “Really?” he queried, clearly savoring the “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment. “Let's remember this: Let's remember that our volunteers came out and worked hard to make sure this […]

Election Day Open Thread: Your Prediction­s

So who’s going to win and who’s going to lose in today’s elections? Will Congressman Heath Shuler lose his seat to Republican Jeff Miller? How will the three incumbent members of the NC House — Susan Fisher, Patsy Keever, and Jane Whilden — do against their respective Republican challengers John Carroll, Mark Crawford, and Tim Moffitt? Will RL Clark defeat Martin Nesbitt? Will Chris Dixon defeat Tom Apodaca? And who will be our next Sheriff, District Attorney and Clerk of Court? And what about those judges?

It’s Election Day

The big day is finally here…you have just over 12 hours left to cast your vote for the people who will work for you in Washington, Raleigh, and right here at home in the mountains. Today’s election is a huge deal; it may not have the glamour or the excitement of 2008 but it’s just as important for the future direction of our country. Today is the day that no matter who you are — rich or poor, black or white, gay or straight — your opinion matters just as much as everyone else’s. After the jump we have voting locations and some other useful links.

Show me the money: fundraisin­g totals for local House & Senate races

In the local House and Senate Races, Democrats have raised more money than Republicans, challengers Tim Moffitt and Mark Crawford have made large loans to their own campaigns, Patsy Keever and Susan Fisher’s campaigns have been funded for the most part on the strength of individual contributions, John Carroll has raised the least of all the House candidates, and incumbent Senator Martin Nesbitt has outpaced his challenger, RL Clark, in terms of fundraising by almost 45:1. We have the numbers after the jump.

UPDATED Early voting ends, Buncombe County turnout: More than 35,000

In Buncombe County, 35,246 voters cast their early ballots, and most were Democrat and white, with an average age of 59, according to data gathered by the Civitas Institute’s Carolina Transparency Project.  In nearby Henderson County, the average age was 64, and most early voters were Republican. Read more…
photo by Margaret Williams

Two and a half days left to vote early

There are only two and a half days left for early voting…the half comes in because everything closes up at 1:00pm on Saturday, October 30. For a complete list of early voting locations, click here. For our handy-dandy election guide, interviews with all the candidates and their answers (or lack thereof) to our candidate questionnaires, click here. Vote early and avoid the lines! Photo by Jonathan Welch