Jim Neal, who's running out and proud for the Democratic nom for the U.S. Senate from North Carolina, is ready to unseat Liddy "Do Nothing" Dole and he's polling well. I'm tired of hearing all the Dem (and gay) naysayers bleat that it's impossible for Neal to pull off a win in the primary, let alone the general in the Tar Heel State.
To me that sounds like a recipe for a self-fulfilling defeat if you're not willing to think outside of the Beltway, people. Look at how weak Dole is in our state as well as how close the margin is between challenger Kay Hagan and Neal.
Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 12/16-18. Likely voters. MoE 4% (No trend lines)
If 2008 election for U.S. Senate were held today, for whom would you vote for if the choices were between Kay Hagan, the Democrat, and Elizabeth Dole, the Republican?
Dole (R) 46
Hagan (D) 39
If 2008 election for U.S. Senate were held today, for whom would you vote for if the choices were between Jim Neal, the Democrat, and Elizabeth Dole, the Republican?
Dole (R) 47
Neal (D) 37
Just a seven-point deficit by Hagan, and a 10-point one for Neal, both of them keeping Dole under 50? With the low name ID of the two Democrats, what these results say is that North Carolina voters aren't sold on a second term for Dole, and are willing to give the Democrat a good look. No matter who emerges from the Democratic primary, this is going to be a real race.
Here's more of a breakdown of where Neal's support lies in North Carolina. Folks, he's already making history by running as an out gay man from the South, and where's the party support? Oh yes, I covered that.
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The Research 2000 North Carolina Poll was conducted from December 16 through December 18, 2007. A total of 600 likely voters who vote regularly in state elections were interviewed statewide by telephone.
Another Jim Neal video has been released, about his views on Iraq -- he says it's time to bring the troops home.
We need to get out of Iraq. We've got to get out and we need to get out, and we've got to do it in a responsible way. We can be out of Iraq in late 2008, mid-2009. In North Carolina, the entirety of the [82nd] Airborne is deployed in Iraq. Some of these young men and women are going on their third or fourth tour. Fathers...mothers...children are being torn apart by periods of sustained service that we've never seen in this country's history. When I'm elected to the Senate - the United States Senate - I'm going to support their children by making sure their parents get home as soon as possible...alive. We're going to bring them home as soon as possible.