A Tale of Two Elections

A photoshop composite showing the North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes, left, and his challenger for reelection Jim Womack, created on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

RALEIGH – We all know by now that the NCGOP failed to hold the line in Tuesday’s election, losing super-majorities in both chambers, including a rout in urban districts, and losing all statewide judicial races. In fact, since 2010 it seems as if Republicans have been steadily losing ground, with the extraordinary exception of aiding the victory of Donald Trump 2016. Even then Republicans lost the governor’s mansion that year.

A Democratic governor, a deep blue Supreme Court, and merely ‘surviving’ Republican majority does not make for positive trend as far as conservatives are concerned. The Old North State, though, is ripe for harnessing a liberty message with no apologies that jives with the national mood. The current Party leadership could preside over a return to the minority after one more election judging by their track record.

Back when the leaders of the NCGOP were being elected, current chairman Robin Hayes  was challenged by one Jim Womack. Womack is a disruptor that wants to shake things up and reinvigorate the Republican Party of North Carolina. He may have lost his race for state party chair, but he went back to work as chairman of the Lee County GOP, and his election night went far better than Hayes’ did.

“Lee Republicans swept all three county commissioner races on the ballot.  Two of the victories involved upsets of Democrat incumbents.  One victory was a defense of what had been the ONLY GOP seat on the board,  (One of those victories involved a 24-year-old GOP newcomer who knocked off a veteran  Democrat incumbent 50 years her senior who was closely tied to former Lt. Gov Dennis Wicker and other local political establishment figures.)

The Lee GOP took TWO of the three county school board seats that were on the ballot.  The party also saw victories at the Congressional, state House and state Senate levels. While the NCGOP went 0-4 in statewide races, the GOP judicial candidates split the races evenly 2-2 with the Democrats in Lee County.

The GOP took two of three district court seats on the ballot.  And four of the six amendments passed — mirroring statewide results.”

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Observers say Womack is “a machine.” His election night results validate the hard work, and provide quite the contrast with the state party results. Will the contrast between the two be considered at the next party elections?

Womack is a 20 year military veteran who had a successful second career in information technology. He’s made a career out of developing strategic solutions for the nation, state, and businesses. Maybe someone like that ought to take the reigns of the foundering NCGOP.

 

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