With Democrats in 170 legislative seats, Republicans in 169, and even Libertarians filing in 35 legislative districts, 2018 is shaping up to be one of the most pivotal legislative elections in North Carolina history. And with no race on the ballot above Supreme Court, these elections will get more attention than ever before.
This report combines an analysis of district voting data, national and state polling plus qualitative factors like local issues and relative candidate strength. In total, we think that 35 House races and 13 Senate races are shaping up to have competitive campaigns run by both of the major parties in districts that could conceivably go to either. We have also identified a handful of other races worth keeping an eye on for other reasons.
We’ll look at the 35 House races and 13 Senate races we think will be the most competitive in the fall and a handfull of other races we think will be interesting to watch for other reasons. Read the House report here and the Senate report here.Read More
According to the Washington Post, an attorney advised CA executives to limit foreign involvement in U.S. elections. Despite this, Wiley told NBC news that there were “three or four full-time CA staffers on the ground in Raleigh.” He added that all of these employees were foreign nationals.
NBC News said Tillis’ campaign paid Cambridge Analytica over $130,000 in 2014. The campaign has called this report “embarrassingly sloppy” and “factually false,” saying that because the Tillis campaign headquarters were in Cornelius, not Raleigh, NBC news does not “understand that a candidate’s campaign and a state party are not the same thing.” The Tillis campaign implied that the foreign nationals were not employed by his campaign, but rather, the North Carolina Republican Party.
The NCGOP has also put out several statements about Cambridge Analytica, recently and otherwise. In an interview with WRAL on March 24 NCGOP executive director Dallas Woodhouse said he could neither confirm nor deny that any Cambridge Analytica staffers worked for the party in 2014. Woodhouse added that if CA staffers did work for the party, they would have “no way of knowing” if the staffers had foreign nationality.
However, in a March 25 Washington Post article, Woodhouse said, “No foreign workers worked for us.”
The recent data breach that harvested data from 50 million Facebook users without their consent has garnered international attention and implicated the NCGOP. Yet state party leader Dallas Woodhouse, after a brief window of distancing himself from the scandal, has doubled down in defiance.
Woodhouse explained in a radio interview Tuesday morning “that’s the kind of thing we routinely do.”
Both Cambridge Analytica and Facebook are in the business of selling information, Woodhouse said, “I’m not convinced this company did anything wrong.” Cambridge Analytica has since been suspended by Facebook.
Woodhouse claimed that what Cambridge Analytica did was “not against the law,” despite the apparent use of foreign nationals in campaign work.
Finally, when asked if the NCGOP plans to hold a press conference, Woodhouse responded, “I’m not having no press.”
Not only did Woodhouse fail to acknowledge the violation of the privacy rights of thousands of North Carolinians, but he clearly plans to use similar tactics in the future.Read More
London-based research firm Cambridge Analytica harvested data from 50 million Facebook users without their consent in a targeted campaign to manipulate voters. In a new unnerving development of democracy in the age of big data, Facebook has acknowledged that Cambridge Analytica, a London-b…Read More
An out-of-state PAC is pitting all-but-announced gubernatorial candidate Dan Forest against U.S. Senator Thom Tillis in paid Facebook ads. The intent of the Florida-based Principled Leadership Fund PAC is unclear. But what is clear is that conservative circles are talking about Tillis making a run for Governor in 2020—only two and a half years into his first term. Being in Washington doesn’t seem to be all Sen. Thom Tillis thought it would be.
US Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) has hosted at least six Facebook Live town halls or Q&A sessions in 2017. He has not hosted an in-person town hall at all this year despite promising in April he’d have one in May or June.Read More