Applewhite unseats moderate Dem state Sen. deViere with help from governor | Beaufort County Now | On Tuesday night, Val Applewhite won the Democrat primary for North Carolina’s 19th state Senate District with 56.3% of the vote. Incumbent state Sen. Kirk deViere came in second with 36.8% of the vote.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the Carolina Journal. The author of this post is Brayden Marsh.

    On Tuesday night, Val Applewhite won the Democrat primary for North Carolina's 19th state Senate District with 56.3% of the vote. Incumbent state Sen. Kirk deViere came in second with 36.8% of the vote. Applewhite will go on to face Republican Wesley Meredith in the November election.

    "The voters have spoken and I fully respect their decision but I am disappointed. I called Val early tonight and offered my congratulations," says deViere in his concession statement released on Twitter, "I intended to do my best in this upcoming short session to represent the people of my community, as I always have, and continue my work as a Senator. Campaigns too often are about people viewed as winners and losers but when that happens, what gets lost is ideas and values. There is too much at stake in our community, state and nation to let that happen here."

    In a video on her social media after the victory, Applewhite said she "wanted to thank Sen. deViere for all the work he's done in our community, all the work he's done in the legislature." She went on to say that Democrats now needed to unite "because the real race is in November and Democrats are going to win that thing."

    DeViere faced uncertainty during this primary election campaign due to Gov. Cooper's endorsement of deViere's opponent, Val Applewhite, on March 8.

    Cooper's endorsement came with a statement saying he preferred Applewhite because, "I need legislators who will help me expand Medicaid" and "a tireless advocate who isn't afraid to stand up to Right Wing Republicans."

    This statement referenced deViere's history of sometimes siding with the GOP on issues. DeViere's moderate voting is something that he takes pride in.

    "I have established myself as someone who is respected on both sides of the aisle, a reasonable voice, and one that upholds our democratic values " said deViere on his campaign site.

    Cooper's successful targeting and removal of a Democratic incumbent was not universally accepted though.

    "The governor's actions are very divisive and frankly selfish to require a state senator to toe the line or else." retiring Dem Rep. Billy Richardson of Cumberland County, another moderate from the Fayetteville area, told the News & Observer.

    In the 2018 state Senate District 19 election, DeViere won with 50.4% of the vote against Republican Wesley Meredith. In 2020, a presidential election year, deViere ran against Meredith again and won with 51.5% of the vote. After redistricting earlier this year, analysts are interested to see how the loss of an incumbency advantage affects the November election and if it gives Wesley Meredith enough of an edge that he can return to the General Assembly.
Go Back

HbAD0

Latest Op-Ed & Politics

Have you heard the latest? Uncle Joe is attempting to appropriate billions of dollars to a program designed to mandate that CRT is taught across the nation in OUR public schools.
Saule Omarova, Democrat President Joe Biden’s nominee for comptroller of the currency, has withdrawn her name from consideration for the position after facing increasing opposition to nomination over allegations that she was a Marxist.
The Federal Reserve announced an increase in interest rates Wednesday afternoon, boosting the cost of borrowing money by 0.75%, the largest increase in a single meeting in nearly 30 years.
Clarence Thomas tells us what we need to be working toward
Politicians in Washington are growing increasingly nervous, as the CDC has announced they have discovered the first case of Lizardpox on American shores.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Sunday that suspending gas taxes is “certainly worth considering” amid rising energy prices.
Australia reportedly will not send officials to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, in response to the communist nation’s genocide against religious minorities.
To what extent can a selective educational institution advantage certain racial groups in admissions decisions without discriminating against other groups simultaneously?
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Sunday blamed global factors for Americans’ spiraling purchasing power and declared a recession is “not at all inevitable,” despite a growing consensus the U.S. could soon find out one is already underway.

HbAD1

With the price of food skyrocketing and the value of Bitcoin plummeting, McDonald's restaurants across the world have rolled out a new value menu in which all items cost only 1 Bitcoin.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed President Joe Biden during a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday over the unfolding crisis in Ukraine. Tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have been amassing near its border in what experts warn might be a prelude to an invasion.
The North Carolina State Health Plan and the National Academy for State Health Policy Find that North Carolina's Dominant Hospital Systems Recorded Billions of Dollars in Profits After Taking Taxpayer-Funded COVID Relief
Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) got some unexpected praise late this week from media personality Bill Maher, who insisted that DeSantis would be better than former President Donald Trump.
Milestone Air Quality Legislation Paved Way for Significant Environmental and Clean Energy Efforts
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki took a shot at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) during Tuesday’s press briefing over remarks that Ocasio-Cortez made about organized retail theft incidents that have plagued several major Democrat-controlled cities in recent weeks.
The United States of America has edged closer and closer to the Leftist maxim of "Abortion on Demand" whenever it is demanded, by whomever demands it, but now that ease of operation to alleviate oneself of that nagging little problem has come to a screeching halt.

HbAD2

 
Back to Top