Sunday sampler: all election, all the time

Finally, and the newspapers are giving it one good final push

Charlotte: The Observer says that N.C. has been elevated to a super battleground state, which it seems to be, given the number of visits the candidates and their surrogates have made here in the last three weeks. “Democrats see the election as a turning point, a rapidly urbanizing state where the influx of young people and outsiders is having a moderating effect on a traditionally conservative state. No Republican has won the White House without North Carolina since 1956….Republicans, whose presidential candidates used to carry North Carolina without much sweat, say the state is just now more competitive. Conservative John Hood, president of the Pope Foundation, warns about drawing too many conclusions from an election that has see-sawed.”

Asheville: The Citizen-Times outlines the races for governor and Senate, and adds the interesting perspective of what impact the outcome of the races have nationally. “A McCrory victory would allow the move to the right to continue and would be seen as a vote of confidence in the direction already taken. It would also keep state government in Republican hands for another four years….Cooper might have limited ability to block significant Republican initiatives from the General Assembly if he’s elected, depending on whether Democrats pick up enough legislative seats to allow them to uphold a Cooper veto.”

Fayetteville: The Observer focused on the Senate contest between Sen. Richard Burr and Deborah Ross. The paper makes the mistake of suggesting in its headlines that Burr is ahead, which means that they misread the meaning of the latest poll. Regardless, the most telling part of it is that Burr declined to talk with the newspaper. Read into that what you will, given his staff’s earlier erasing the News & Observer from its mailing list.

Greensboro: The front page features a piece on the stands of each candidate, as if voters are still undecided. More interesting was an article on the political opinions of college students. “The college students interviewed for this article fell into at least one of a handful of baskets, none of them deplorable: They’re generally backing Hillary Clinton; many college students, including Republicans, really don’t like Donald Trump; and there are still a lot of Bernie Sanders supporters out there.”

Wilmington: The Star News had Donald Trump in town, and that’s what dominates its front. Apparently Trump didn’t leave the airport, giving his stump speech in a hangar.The only notable thing in the story was the predominance of Gov. McCrory, finally giving his full-throated endorsement of Trump and what he stands for.

Winston-Salem: The Journal features the last day of early voting on its front page. (Many newspapers wrote similar stories, but published them elsewhere in the paper.)

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