Libertarians retain ballot spot

For the first time in modern North Carolina history, a third party has retained its ballot status at the voting booth. Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Mike Munger polled about three percent of the vote today, besting the state's restrictive standard for a third party to poll at least two percent of the vote in the race for governor or president.For the first time in modern North Carolina history, a third party has retained its ballot status at the voting booth. Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Mike Munger polled about three percent of the vote today, besting the state's restrictive standard for a third party to poll at least two percent of the vote in the race for governor or president.

Libertarian candidates for lieutenant governor, insurance commissioner and U.S. Senate also broke the two percent barrier.

The Charlotte Curse?

For a bunch of smart writers, the folks who run the editorial page at the Charlotte branch of the News and Observer still don't get it. In this morning's editorial, they lament the Charlotte "curse" as they scratch their heads and wonder what happened to Mayor McCrory.

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