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Mark Walker Topples 6th District Favorite Phil Berger, Jr. PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:00

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Conventional wisdom was thrown on its ear Tuesday night as Republican Mark Walker handily defeated fellow Republican Phil Berger, Jr. for the 6th District nomination for Congress and the opportunity to replace retiring Congressman Howard Coble.

 
Walker garnered 60 percent of the vote to Berger's 40 percent.
 
Berger came in first in the May primary but on Tuesday failed to win his home county of Rockingham, as well as other counties in the district. He came close in Orange County, losing to Walker by just 2 percentage points.
 
Walker, a Baptist minister from Greensboro, told reporters, “We wouldn’t be very truthful if we told you we expected to win with 60 percent."
 
Berger, son of state Senate Leader Phil Berger, outraised and outspent Walker, but the minister's grassroots volunteers proved formidable.
 
Walker now faces Democrat Laura Fjeld in the general election.
 
Fjeld wasted no time calling Walker a "radical extremist who doesn't share the values of North Carolinians." 
 
She invited what she termed "mainstream Republican voters" to join her campaign.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:01
 
IRS Worker Suspended For Campaigning On The Job For President Obama's Re-Election PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 09:34

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - An IRS employee's devotion to President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election has earned the worker a 100-day suspension.

 
Politico reports that the unnamed employee was disciplined for violating the Hatch Act, a federal law that prohibits employees from promoting political candidates while on duty in a federal government job.
 
The newspaper reports the employee acknowledged campaigning for Obama's re-election while talking to callers to the IRS help line. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 09:35
 
Runoff Turnout Tops Any Second Primary Over Past Decade PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 05:36

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - More than 6 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in Tuesday's primary runoff, and that sets a record according to the state Board of Elections.

 
More than 105,000 North Carolinians chose a candidate Tuesday to decide 19 runoff contests across 37 counties -- turnout that tops any second primary over the past decade.
 
For the first time since 2006, no statewide race required a second primary. 
 
One-stop early voting accounted for nearlyy one of four votes.
 
“Our counties have done an excellent job implementing a host of new voting procedures throughout the primary season,” said Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach in a statement. “We congratulate the candidates on their hard-fought campaigns.”
 
Key results:
 
** 6th District Republican Congressional Runoff: Republican Mark Walker defeated fellow Republican Phil Berger Jr.
 
** 5th District Democratic Congressional Runoff: Democrat Josh Brannon defeated fellow Democrat Gardenia Henley
 
County boards of election will canvass results for the Second Primary on July 22.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 05:37
 
Tracking Poll: President Obama's Approval Sits At 45 Percent PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 July 2014 10:01

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - President Obama's job approval rating continues to hover in the mid-40s. The latest tracking poll of likely voters conducted by Rasmussen shows 45 percent approve of the the president's job performance. More than half -- 53 percent -- disapprove.

 
The latest figures include 21 percent who say they "strongly approve" and 41 percent who tell pollsters they "strongly disapprove."
 
The president's continuing troubles produce a serious question for North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election campaign. As the fall campaign season looms, Hagan will be forced to choose whether to ask the president to campaign for her in person in a state that voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. 
 
Some political watchers believe she will capitalize on the president's popularlity with the Democratic Party's wealthy donors by relying on him for fundraising support behind the scenes.
 
Hagan faces Republican Thom Tillis and Libertarian Sean Haugh in November. 
Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 10:02
 
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