Donald Trump’s popularity is sinking in Titanic fashion in North Carolina, and in his free-fall, he may take others in the GOP down with him.
And it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people.
Will North Carolina’s GOP Sink Like A Stone?
Governor Pat McCrory (R-NC), is in serious trouble because of overwhelming opposition to the state’s discriminatory anti-transgender “bathroom bill.” This measure prohibited people from using the bathroom of their gender identity. The bill spurred boycotts and has cost North Carolina more than $500 million as of July. And that was before the NBA said it would pull its famed All–Star Game out of the state in 2017.
Trump is polling at a historic low in some polls within the state, BuzzFeed reports. Another key Republican, Sen. Richard Burr is trying to overcome poor name recognition and fundraising. So there’s a lot of worried Republicans afraid that Trump will lose this must-win state. And they are also concerned that he’ll lose by a large enough margin to wipe out any gains the GOP has made in the state during the last few years.
“It certainly has the potential to be one of the worst elections we’ve seen in a long time,” Carter Wrenn, a veteran GOP strategist in the state told BuzzFeed. In light of Trump’s troubles and latest polling, he said Republicans across North Carolina are asking “How bad could it get?”
Let’s hope it continues to get worse, so that we can get rid of oppressive Republicans like McCrory.
And tossing him out is a definite possibility, even in a state that has pretty much voted for a Republican president down the line, having voted Democratic only twice since 1968. With the unfortunate Tea Party onslaught in 2010, the state legislature and governor’s mansion were now controlled by the GOP for the first time since Reconstruction. North Carolina turned even more repressively right-wing with a number of reforms that angered liberals in the state.
With the looming possibility of massive losses sinking in, top GOP members and a few donors, who have gained much in the last six years — are freaking out and trying to come up with contingency plans. They hope to make up for the lack of field organization and advertising dollars from their faltering party nominee in an effort to boost down-ballot candidates, BuzzFeed reports.
Their Biggest Worry?
If Trump loses by more than four or five points, this will likely put a big dent in the GOP’s super majorities in the state legislature and a Democrat in the governor’s chair.
“I do think that people need to be very open-eyed about what could potentially go wrong,” said one Republican, whom BuzzFeed declined to name. “The sky isn’t falling, but it’s cloudy and we need to get in gear. It’s going to require a different level of organization and intervening from the top of the ticket than we’ve seen, and it’s going to require support from outside groups.”
Unsurprisingly, the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is getting involved. It already has a looming presence in North Carolina, and has been knocking on doors and sending out mail thanking McCrory for tax reform and for opposing Medicaid expansion. After all, why do something that might actually help someone? With this and that stupid bathroom bill, that seems to be McCrory’s motto. What a guy.
After knocking on doors earlier this month, AFP is now focusing on the governor’s race. Officials have indicated they may start blowing money on the Senate race on Burr’s behalf as well.
“We’re watching closely and think the race may provide an opportunity to advance good policy in the state,” said AFP spokesman Levi Russell.
Well, it might be good policy for AFP, but if it benefits the Koch brothers, you can rest assured it does little for the public.
One businessman in Charlotte has set up N.C. Means Jobs — outside ads will run touting McCrory’s purported business sense. Well, we know he’s good at losing $500 million but that doesn’t count as business sense to me.
So McCrory, like Trump, perhaps sucked up like a goose in the engine of a plane that’s about to crash and burn, may be on the way out.
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And Trump’s ham-fisted attempts at appealing to African-American voters hasn’t helped in the slightest. Then there’s the fact that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a controversial voter I.D. law, saying it was “discriminatory.” Because it was.
The law was considered discriminatory because its designed to lower voter turnout by minorities and poor people who often don’t have driver’s licenses or other forms of state-issued identification.
And the court, in its ruling said the state legislature targeted African-Americans “with almost surgical precision.”
With only 75 days left before the November 8 election, the Trump campaign has yet to set up field offices in North Carolina. What that means, I couldn’t tell you, but the N.C. GOP says the latest polls by NBC, which show Trump down by 9 points are B.S.
“What I’m hearing is normal, healthy discussions around election time,” said N.C. GOP executive director Dallas Woodhouse. Even so, about 15 percent haven’t committed to Trump.
“The electorate is as fluid is as I have ever seen it,” said GOP strategist Andy Yates. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump won by more points than Romney did or lost by more than 10 points.
But Hillary Clinton is coming on strong — ads from her campaign and her super PAC are inundating the airwaves. And both U.S. Senate candidates have also appeared on television with ads. Democrat Deborah Ross wasn’t previously well-known in the state, but thanks to the ongoing Trump fiasco, she’s now tied with Burr.
“I was a Republican for 50 years, but then the Republican Party got so out of control and angry I just couldn’t be a part of it,” she said.
Brad Crone, a Democratic strategist puts it like this:
“I really believe a tsunami is building.”
Polls in North Carolina show that Clinton has pulled ahead of Trump. She stands at 44 percent as opposed to Trump’s 43 percent, which is definitely close at this point. Here’s a more convenient breakdown of the CNN/ORC International Poll.
But as the video below demonstrates, Republicans are also trying another sneaky tactic in North Carolina. They are doing whatever they can to put a stop to early voting and trying to reverse the court’s decision on that controversial voter I.D. law.
Shame on them for doing that. Wait a minute…they have no shame. Like Trump, they are likely to sink like stones.
Watch the video below for more information: