Berger campaign changes NC voter ID ad (AP) — Senate leader Phil Berger's campaign on Wednesday changed a television commercial highlighting his role in passing a photo identification requirement to vote in North Carolina after it became the subject of an elections complaint.
Berger's campaign backtracks and modifies challenged ad (Raleigh News & Observer) -- The campaign of Senate leader Phil Berger has decided to modify a re-election ad running on TV after the North Carolina NAACP complained it misled voters and could harm turnout at the polls this November. But a spokesman for the Eden Republican on Wednesday maintained the complaint, which the NAACP filed this week with the State Board of Elections, was off-base, erroneous and was at its core just a publicity move.
Koch-funded TV spots slam Hagan on health-care, VA reform (Raleigh News & Observer) -- A Koch brothers-funded super PAC, formed this year to direct more than $15 million to help free-market candidates in the midterm elections, is launching two TV ads against U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.
Gov. Haley invades NC to help Tillis (AP) -- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is crossing the border to help campaign for fellow Republican and North Carolina U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis.
Christie Wades Into Fight for Senate (Wall Street Journal) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has expanded his role in campaigning for Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, further testing his national appeal in races where the stakes are legislative control of Washington. …. Mr. Christie traveled to North Carolina to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis. In March, Mr. Christie headlined a fundraiser for Terri Lynn Land, a Michigan Republican running for Senate. The effort to tip the balance of the Senate represents an expansion of Mr. Christie's work for other Republican governors, as he considers a run for president in 2016. Mr. Christie has traveled to 28 states this year as Republican Governors Association chairman to stump with gubernatorial candidates. The campaigning could further increase his visibility and viability as Mr. Christie seeks to overcome the George Washington Bridge scandal, political analysts said. The Senate contests are marquee match-ups in a year when Republicans could wrest control of Congress for the first time since 2006, and they have largely overshadowed the gubernatorial contests, said Ross Baker, a professor of political science at Rutgers University.
Christie and Tillis inside, protesters outside (Lumina News) -- When asked whether he would change his strategy in reaching women voters with his opponent, current U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, polling better among that demographic, Republican Thom Tillis said he would stay the course. “I think we have to stay focused on what Kay Hagan has failed to do and the promises that she has broken,” Tillis said. “Kay Hagan said she was going to go to Washington and be different but she has become part of the Washington establishment.” While Gov. Christie said he was excited about visiting with the protestors gathered outside the front of the restaurant, he and Tillis worked their way through the restaurant meeting supporters before exiting through the rear entrance around 11 a.m.
NC court candidates talk experience, fairness (AP) — Candidates for the North Carolina Supreme Court are discussing their differences on experience and fairness and the effect outside money has on appellate races.