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The NC Supreme Court has moved all primaries to May 17 and again halted filing for Congress, State Senate, and State House.

Democrats have filed lawsuits against all the redistricting maps. A 3 judge Superior Court panel had denied their motion to halt candidate filing, which was appealed by the Democrats to the Court of Appeals.  Initially a 3-judge panel of that court ordered filing not to open for Congress, State Senate, and State House but that was soon overturned by the full Court of Appeals.  Now, the State Supreme Court, where Democrats have a one vote majority, has reinstated the closing of filing for these offices and moved the primary to May 17 for all races.

You can read the Court's order here.

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( December 9th, 2021 @ 12:15 pm )
May primaries were traditional in NC until establishment Republicans in the legislature changed it to March to protect incumbents in primaries. A March primary knocks out lots of campaign time due to the Christmas holidays, puts the primary before the public festivals where rivals have good opportunities to contact voters, and puts door to door campaigning in cold weather season where voters do not want to spend time at the door talking to candidates. The incumbents benefit from existing name recognition and the early date makes it much for difficult for primary challengers to make inroads. It was a rotten, dishonest, and corrupt move by the establishment Republicans for their own political benefit and it was done in an underhanded manner with a last minute "committee substitute" change in another bill where GOP voters and activists were blindsided. I don't mind the court moving the primary to May nearly as much as I did the legislature moving it to March a few years ago. In terms of a level playing field for primary candidates, May is a MUCH better time to hold the primary.
( December 9th, 2021 @ 6:22 am )
Filing off, on, off again, move the goal post (primary date). The courts are flip flopping just like Fauci does.

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