Special Credit: News 14 Updated 06/07/2013 09:33 PM
First day of NC GOP Convention begins in Queen City
The plans include a key priority, getting new minority members and bringing more minority leaders into the fold.
African-American and Hispanic NC GOP delegates said they are excited about their recruitment efforts this year and the progress made in the 2012 election, where a boost in Republican minority votes helped turn the state Red in both the presidential and gubernatorial races.
In the past year, Hispanic and African-American NC GOP leaders have traveled the state, working to recruit new members and volunteering at events.
The Republican National Hispanic Assembly is now a permanent group within the NC GOP, as it works to start up Hispanic chapters in counties across the state. GOP Leaders say the steady outreach paid off in the 2012 election, when according to exit polls nearly 11 percent more minorities voted Republican compared to the 2008 election.
“Engage the minority community with the truth, and let them know all we have in common, which is less taxes, smaller government and more freedoms,” said NCGOP delegate Earl Phillip.
According to exit polls, 14 percent of minority voters in North Carolina cast a ballot for Gov. Pat McCrory in 2012. Minority Republican leaders say that their goal is to get that number to 20 percent in 2016.
Saturday, the NCGOP will elect a new chair and vice-chair to a two-year term. Current NCGOP Chairperson Robin Hayes is stepping down.
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We'll all very excited about our convention. This is a good chance to get together and reflect on where’ll we go in 2014. We jave some good choices going forward. The selection of our Speaker is one of the best we’ve ever had. Chairman Hayes done good job of setting up the convention.
The race for Vice Chair has been nothing short of a stem-winder. That’s where the real excitement will be. There are four people running.
The chairman’s race will lack the excitement of the the vice chair race race. In this contest there are clear differences between the candidates, between the candidates. This will probably go to a second ballot. In my memory of conventions, and I’ve been to just about every one since’99, I cannot remember an election that has gone to two ballots.The “stand-out” entry is Glen Bradley, who has created an uproar by proclaiminjg: Glen Bradley stated this at a Monsanto rally on May 25, 2013 in Greensboro:“Occupy America calls the Tea Party right wing nut theocratic fascists and Tea Parties call Occupy left wing nut hippie communist and we are all too busy hating each other to recognize that we all have more in common than we have against each other.”
That will add to the intrigue and the interest, and unfortunately it may depend on who hangs around to vote on the second ballot. You’ve got some good canaidates there, and then, I guess you’d say there are some interesting candidates. That race will determine a lot about where the party’s going. As far as where the libertarian-leaning candidates are, and the more conservative traditional repubs, if you want to keep an eye on the convention that will be the most interesting part.