Why North Carolina?
North Carolina, a highly purple state, needs help with state and federal races. The state supreme court, with a 4-3 Democratic majority, threw out the Republican legislature’s gerrymandered election maps. 2022 elections will be now held in districts that the courts approved.
The 2020 elections for President and U.S. Senate were very close, about 1.5% separating the candidates. We also lost the incumbent chief justice of the NC State Supreme Court, the first black woman to hold that position, by 0.008%! NC, now the ninth largest state, sits with Virginia and Georgia as Southern states where Democrats are most likely to make substantial progress.
In 2022, Democrats are in a viable position to pick up the NC Senate seat, with the scandalous retirement of the GOP incumbent and a bitter Republican primary. Former Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, who has won two statewide elections, is the odds-on favorite to win the Democratic nomination in May. She would be the only Black female US Senator.
The courts have made six Congressional seats likely Democratic and two toss-ups. Two of the four Democratic supreme court justices are up for re-election. The new maps give Democrats a great chance to add multiple seats in the State House, helping, with a Democratic governor, to prevent Republican assaults on voting and civil rights.
We believe the best way to make change in North Carolina is to work with local grassroots organizations who know the terrain, have boots on the ground and can help direct our efforts. We currently have active partnerships with two groups that campaign for state-level NC candidates, County to County, CountyToCountyNC.org, and Neighbors on Call, NeighborsOnCall.org. We directed our very successful ($40K) December fundraising efforts to support them financially and welcome as many volunteers as we can attract to do this important work.