There seems to be this idea that North Carolina is just like any other red state that voted for George W. Bush. Twice.
People outside North Carolina just see that our state's just another state in a sea of red. They don't know about the strong Democratic leadership our state has at the state level. They don't know that Governor Easley enjoys approval ratings that Elizabeth Dole could only dream of.
Rasmussen Reports has a new poll out, and if people in other states paid any attention to it, they'd realize that on the 2008 electoral map, North Carolina could show its one and only true color: Carolina Blue.
The full Rasmussen article and poll can be found here.
What does it say?
Well, in head-to-head matchups against the top Republican contenders, Hillary Clinton ties two, beats one, and is only trailing by 1 percent to the other:
What's more is that Clinton is viewed favorably by fewer North Carolinians than any Republican contender except for Romney, yet she's still competitive against all four of them.
Republicans thanked God when Hillary Clinton began her bid for President, saying she could never be elected. Now, it seems, if she does capture the Democratic nomination, the Republicans aren't any better off.
What else does this mean? Well, if Hillary Clinton can be competitive in this state, then what makes anyone think that Jim Neal can't be? There seemed to be some concern, both on BlueNC and DailyKos, that Hillary Clinton on the top of the ticket would do nothing but hurt local Democrats in 2008. Well, it looks like there's no need to worry, especially if we have an open, honest candidate with a fresh face to get rid of Liddy Dole, ushering in a new, progressive government that all North Carolinians can support.
I'm not saying Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee, but what I am saying is that if Hillary Clinton is competitive in our state, any Democrat can be, but we've got to work hard to make it a reality -- both nationally and statewide. We all know that these things don't just happen on their own. It takes activists, volunteers, and candidates you can trust, working together to make North Carolina a better place. We're no longer the state of Jesse Helms and it's time that we proved that to the rest of the United States.
The political climate favors a progressive majority in 2008. That means we've got to start now. That means we've got to make every North Carolinian aware of what Liddy Dole has failed to do for them. We've got to make it clear that there is a way to get this country back on the right track!
We can do it, and 2008's the year it will be done. North Carolina can finally be proudly painted in true Carolina Blue.
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