Proxy primary?

by | Jan 18, 2014 | 2014 Elections, Editor's Blog, NC Politics, US Senate | 1 comment

North Carolina may get a preview of the 2016 GOP presidential primary. Potential presidential candidates are lining up behind U. S. Senate candidates vying to challenge Democrat Kay Hagan. The North Carolina primary offers the presidential wannabes a chance to identify supporters, assess their strength and build organizations.

First, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul endorsed Tea Party favorite Greg Brannon. Then yesterday, former Arkansas Governor and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee endorsed fellow evangelical preacher Mark Harris. If only Chris Christy weren’t in too much trouble to endorse Thom Tillis.

While we might not see a whole lot of the presidential aspirants themselves before the May 2014 primary, we may see the emerging coalitions and leaders that will battle in 2015 and 2016. With the 2016 presidential primary now scheduled for February instead of May, North Carolina will certainly play prominently in determining the GOP presidential nominee. And 2014 offers budding presidential campaigns the opportunity for their first dress rehearsal.

1 Comment

  1. Paleotek

    Oh man, that can’t be good news for Squirrelface, I mean, Tom Tillis. When the party leading lights (such as they are) are lining up behind nobodies, that can’t be good news. Huckabee dropped out in 2012 before the NC primary, but he would have run strong here, and probably won. I can’t think of any marquee pols who’ve made the bold step of coming out for Tom. And here’s the kind of free publicity that Mark Harris just could not buy. Hear that dripping sound? It’s Tillis’ chances leaking away.

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