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.)
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.
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 […]
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 […]
I read with some interest the article in the Nov. 10 edition about Buncombe County’s surprising poll results [“Buncombe Bucks the Trend,” Xpress]. As a normally Republican voter, I will say that I don't think Heath Shuler’s re-election has much to do with the Buncombe County Democrats’ organization as much as it had to do […]
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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 […]
A look at what’s been making headlines this week: Recently re-elected Congressman Heath Shuler plans House minority leader bid; Republicans take over the North Carolina State House; WNC gets an early snowfall; and local ski areas open for the season much earlier than normal.
While for the most part Buncombe voters defied state and national trends and elected Democrats, local Republican and Tea Party leaders say they see signs of hope in this week’s results. Pictured here: Buncombe GOP chair Chad Nesbitt and Republican supporters monitor results on election night. Photos by Jonathan Welch
By the time Buncombe County Democratic Party Chair Charles Carter took the stage at the Renaissance hotel last night to brandish a copy of the Asheville Citizen-Times for a “Dewey defeats Truman”-style moment, it was clear that the county had defied the national trend, with local Democrats in most cases winning handily over their GOP rivals.
While national media outlets like CNN declared a “bloodbath” as Republicans gained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Buncombe county stayed blue — a result that likely helped Rep. Heath Shuler keep his seat. Local Democrats won too, with the exception of incumbent Jane Whilden, who lost to Tim Moffitt.
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?
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.
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.
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
The Buncombe County Democratic Party has raised nearly $47,000 this year — more than twice what the Buncombe County Republican Party has collected — according to the latest financial disclosure reports from the North Carolina Board of Elections. Click through for more, including video of a recent BCGOP telethon.
Want to hear what the candidates have to say about health care policy? The WNC/Buncombe County Medical Society is hosting the WNC Candidate Forum and Reception tonight, Oct. 28, at the Doubletree Biltmore Hotel (115 Hendersonville Road, Asheville). The forum starts at 6:30 p.m.
The Buncombe County Republican Party is crying foul, claiming that members of the Democratic Party conducted campaign activities in violation of electioneering buffer requirements at a downtown early voting site. After the jump is a video made by the BCGOP showing the alleged violations.
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