September 14, 2004


Rip-roaring battle for Edwards’s seat in N.C. (Peter Savodnik, 9/14/04, The Hill)

Republicans raring for “skin to rip and blood to flow” in the North Carolina Senate race are about to get their wish.

So says Rep. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the fifth-term congressman who has spent the past year raising oodles of cash, trekking around the state in a 1999 Acura listening to country music and Vivaldi, and, he contends, laying the foundation for a final, six-week blitzkrieg that will demolish his Democratic rival, Erskine Bowles.

This should come as a great relief to Republicans. For months, party strategists, conservative activists and other Burr supporters have been waiting for the Senate candidate to go on the attack, hoping that finally — finally — the congressman would start talking about gay marriage, abortion and stem-cell research. [...]

Most polls show Bowles leading Burr by eight to 10 points; one Republican source said a GOP poll gave the Democrat an 18-point advantage. The Bowles campaign expects the race to narrow, and many Republicans say Bowles, who has had a tough time breaking the 50-percent mark in surveys, has hit a ceiling

Mr. Burr just needs to be a plausible alternative and the dynamics of the race will carry him home.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 14, 2004 11:52 PM

Saw some notes that the national GOP was starting to lose hope on this race and might begin pulling funding/resources. So Burr needs to show the gap shrinking by the end of September to keep the attention on the race. This seat should definitely be winnable by Burr.

Posted by: AWW at September 15, 2004 9:20 AM


Doesn't matter much, he'll be a Bush baby.

Posted by: oj at September 15, 2004 9:49 AM

OJ - I'd agree if Bush's lead in NC would get above 6%.

Posted by: AWW at September 15, 2004 11:17 AM


He beat an incumbent vp by 13% in '00. He won't beat a liberal Senator by less now that he's the incumbent..

Posted by: oj at September 15, 2004 11:41 AM

Bowles is a prissy, fussy candidate (living off his wife's money, now that he is not working Wall Street anymore). If the black vote is less than enthusiastic, Burr should get 52/53% pretty easily. Libby Dole got 51+% (but she did run a strong campaign, and nailed Bowles on SS several times).

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 15, 2004 2:04 PM