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North Carolina, Virginia, & Texas

December 17, 2013

North Carolina: McCrory’s numbers rising. Although Gov. Pat McCrory (R-NC) has a poor performance rating of 42% approve to 47% disapprove, there’s still some good news for the governor. Three months ago, it was 35% approve to 53% disapprove, so he’s going up in the voters’ estimation. Among independents, he’s 44% approve, 43% disapprove, and among Republicans, 68% positive, 18% negative. That’s all according to the latest Public Policy Polling survey.


Virginia: Major Democrat to challenge Wolf. US Rep. Frank Wolf, 74, serving his 17th term representing Virginia’s 10th District (McLean, etc.), is getting a stronger-than-usual Democratic challenger next year. Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust (D) announced his candidacy last week. Two other Democrats, attorney Richard Bolger and architect Sam Kubba, had previously announced, but “national Democrats are privately hopeful that Foust will win the nomination,” reports The Washington Post. Wolf won reelection last year with 58% of the vote.


Texas: Contenders abound for Stockman seat. A dozen Republicans have filed to run for US Rep. Steve Stockman’s (R-TX) 36th District (Tyler, etc.) congressional seat, which Stockman is giving up to challenge US Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). Among the 12 primary candidates in this heavily Republican district are prominent businessman (insurance) Dave Norman, husband of Bonnie Norman, a Stockman staffer, who presumably has Stockman’s blessing, and Doug Centillie, former chief of staff for US Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), presumably with Brady’s blessing. The other ten include Houston businessman Ben Streusand, Nassau Bay City Councilman John Andar, former Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald, 2012 candidate Chuck Meyer, and former Seabrook City Councilman Kim Morell. The primary is in March.


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