With voting early for the May 17 primary in North Carolina, North Carolina will soon choose its candidates to send to the general election in races ranging from city council to the U.S. House and Senate.
Many of these breeds are remarkable in their own way. The Charlotte City Council race, for example, includes former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon. He was sent to federal prison for accepting $50,000 in cash and gifts when he was a councilman and mayor.
Madison Cawthorn, candidate for re-election in the North Carolina 11and Congressional District, has been mired in controversies ranging from bringing a loaded gun to an airport (for the second time), being cited for driving with a revoked license and suggesting he was invited at an orgy by fellow Republicans, to name a few.
Meanwhile, a proposed U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade will likely be on the minds of voters as they head to the polls over the next two weeks.
We discuss the races that will shape the future of not just cities, counties and the state of North Carolina, but as control of the U.S. House and Senate hangs in the balance in November, which the results could signal to the nation as a whole.
Steve Harrisonpolitical reporter for WFAE
Will Wrightpolitical reporter for The Charlotte Observer
Eric Heberligprofessor of political science and public administration at UNC Charlotte
Susan Roberts, professor of political science at Davidson College