Earlier this year, each of the leading US Senate candidates visited Jane's Salon, a political meeting hosted by my wife each month. Lewis, Cunningham, Marshall, in that order. At last night's meeting, the Salon had a straw poll (not a secret ballot) on the race.
Cal got seven votes. Elaine got six and a half. Ken got one half of a vote. (Half of those attending didn't want to declare publicly.)
Cal was favored among men, and those for whom environmental issues were a priority. Elaine was favored among women and among those looking for a proven public servant. Everyone said good things about Ken, except for across the board doubts about his electability. One person argued that Elaine's position on Afghanistan may not play well in North Carolina.
There was a quick discussion about primary voting strategy. Vote for the person you think can beat Burr, vote for the best ideological match ... or hope they're the same candidate. No consensus there at all.
The only candidate I've given money to is Lewis. It was my hope he could crack through, but that hasn't happened. Now I'm down to deciding whether to vote for him (and increase the risk of a run-off), or to choose between Cal and Elaine. With regard to the latter, I'm not sure which way I'd go, which is unusual for me. I typically make early and unequivocal choices. Am I alone in my indecision?