A huge embarrassment for Democrats in their convention state — or an opportunity?
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On the national stage, Perdue’s decision proved a bit of a curveball to Democrats. Yes, they wanted her out of the way — there is even speculation that Obama himself was responsible for shuttering her re-election bid, telling her that he couldn’t win North Carolina with her on the ballot — but this is also an embarrassment.
When Democrats descend on Charlotte in early September for their convention, it will be in a state where the sitting Democratic governor is quitting due to unpopularity. That can’t help Obama in a must-win state.
In the end, Perdue’s decision turned a competitive election year in the Tar Heel State into a wild rollercoaster ride. Democrats are happy that Perdue is gone, and they feel renewed momentum going into the gubernatorial election with a fresh start. Republicans are even more optimistic with their champion McCrory.
It’s already a messy year. It’ll only get more so.