UPDATE: North Carolina Governor’s Race is McCrory’s to Lose; Democrats are Not Structurally Capable of Rescuing Dalton Sen. Basnight reported $1,086,815 cash in July 2008; Sen. Nesbitt reported $45,000 cash in July 2012. No power, no money. John Davis Political Report, July 16, 2012 UPDATE Post: Monday, July 16, 2012 Vol. V, No. 23 3:13
UPDATE: North Carolina Governor’s Race is McCrory’s to Lose; Democrats are Not Structurally Capable of Rescuing Dalton
Sen. Basnight reported $1,086,815 cash in July 2008; Sen. Nesbitt reported $45,000 cash in July 2012. No power, no money. John Davis Political Report, July 16, 2012
UPDATE Post: Monday, July 16, 2012 Vol. V, No. 23 3:13 pm
Structural Deficiencies Seen in State Party Fundraising Results
“The North Carolina Democratic Party … is well behind in the race for money” AP, 7/13/2012
Last Wednesday, July 11, the John Davis Political Report concluded that if the elections were held today, the structural deficiencies of the North Carolina Democratic Party are so profound that they would be incapable of stopping a Republican takeover of all three branches of North Carolina state government.
There is no greater indicator of structural deficiencies than fundraising results. According to The Associated Press, “The North Carolina Democratic Party, which has staggered through months of infighting in the wake of sexual harassment allegations at party headquarters, is well behind in the race for money with Republicans heading into the fall election.”
The AP story reported the following campaign fundraising results from the latest reports filed last week with the State Board of Elections:
- NC Democratic Party has raised “a little less than $185,000” during the second quarter of 2012, and had “$188,000 in cash on hand.”
- NC Republican Party has raised “nearly $772,000” during the second quarter of 2012, and had “$965,500 in cash.”
- When it comes to individual contributors, “The reports show Republicans raked in $212,000, while Democrats brought in a meager $2,700, the reports said.”
Game Changing Structural Deficiencies Seen in Legislative Leaders’ Fundraising
Sen. Basnight reported $1,086,815 cash in 2008; Sen. Nesbitt reported $45,000 cash in 2012
Four years ago, when the July report was filed with the State Board of Elections, then-Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight, D-Dare, reported $1,086,815 cash. Last week, NC Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt, D-Buncombe, reported $45,000 cash on hand.
Money flows to those with power. Democrats no longer have power. No power, no money. No money, no resources to do political battle. That’s a game changing structural deficiency.
Conversely, NC Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, reported $770,000 cash on hand in last week’s campaign finance reports. Four years ago, then-Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger reported $92,404 cash on hand.
NC House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, reported raising $945,942 this election cycle, with $491,877 cash on hand. Four years ago, then Republican House Minority Leader Paul Stam, R-Wake, reported $43,312 cash.
If you will recall, I reported last week that Pat McCrory, GOP nominee for governor, reported $4.4 million cash. Walter Dalton, Democratic nominee, reported $714,000 cash.
Add last week’s report to this one and you will see why I continue to believe that for the first time in the lifetime of any North Carolinian, if the elections were held today, voters would likely elect a Republican Governor, Republican majorities to the Council of State, state Senate, state House of Representatives, state Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.
Democrats are not structurally capable of rescuing Dalton … or anyone else for that matter.
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