by Rick Henderson
Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Journal
• As the hours wane before Tuesday’s runoff election, 6th Congressional District Republican candidate Mark Walker questions the job record of rival Phil Berger Jr., the Rockingham County district attorney.
• Friday’s debate between Berger and Walker, sponsored by and aired on Time Warner Cable, offered a repeat of many of the barbs the candidates have launched at one another since the May 6 primary.
• In the 5th District Democratic runoff between Josh Brannon and Gardenia Henley, early voting was brisk in Forsyth County.
• A federal court ruling Thursday in Florida tossing out legislative and congressional districts for being excessively partisan could have implications for a similar lawsuit in North Carolina.
• GOP U.S. Senate nominee Thom Tillis reported raising $3.6 million in the second quarter, $2 million less than Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan. Tillis also reported $1.5 million cash on hand; Hagan, $7.5 million.
• That said, the left-leaning blog PoliticsNC looks at Hagan’s prospects for re-election and is not encouraged. (See comment below.)