North Carolina’s Democrat primary voters sent a strong signal to the Obama reelection campaign yesterday. Twenty percent of the voters rejected the president and voted “no preference”. North Carolina is a large state and geographic boundaries exist that divide the state. Western North Carolina (WNC) and Eastern North Carolina (East of I-95) form distinct regions that Raleigh generally ignores. How did they vote? Cherokee County (WNC) voted 37% against the president. New Hanover County (Wilmington) voted 14% “no preference”. This just verifies the self determination of WNC.
Even 20% averaged across the state is significant since many of these Democrat voters will vote Republican in the election. The fat lady is still singing so it will be an interesting ride to November.
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Tuesday was primary day in North Carolina, and although President Barack Obama faced no competition on the Democratic ballot, he was not the choice of approximately 20 percent of Democrats who cast ballots.
With all 100 counties reporting, Obama secured 79.2 percent of the Democratic primary vote and “no preference” registered at 20.8 percent, according to preliminary results posted on the website of the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
This outcome is a potential embarrassment to Obama in the state that will host this year’s Democratic National Convention.