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Expert: Greensboro Is A Battleground In North Carolina Politics

11:24 PM, Jan 29, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Greensboro could be North Carolina's battleground.

Over the past few days, Greensboro has been a buzz with political activity, especially when it comes to the race for governor.

On Saturday, four-term State Representative Bill Faison, from Orange County, announced his bid for Governor of North Carolina in Greensboro.

The State Democratic Party held their annual dinner in Greensboro Saturday night.

And on Tuesday, former Charlotte Mayor and Greensboro native Pat Mcrory will make his way to the Gate City.

"I think Pat Mccory's decision to announce his candidacy here in Greensboro is really indicative of how important winning Greensboro, and winning this population center, is to winning the state of North Carolina in terms of the gubernatorial election," said Mileah Kromer, a political scientist at Elon University.

While Greensboro is the third largest city in North Carolina, Kromer said it's more important than that.

Greensboro, and really, Guilford County, has historically been a blip of blue, in a sea of red.

"So, it's no wonder, Republican candidate, going through the state, want to focus on that one last stronghold, the democrats seem to be holding onto in the Triad," Kromer said.

Kromer said, by the same token, democrats want to hold onto the democratic stronghold in the Triad.

While Greensboro has a rich civic history, Kromer said the city is also representative of the future, with some big companies moving in.

"A city that really is indicative if where we think North Carolina is going," she said.

The limelight isn't going away.

"It really is anybody's game here in Greensboro, which is why you're going to see a lot of attention over the next couple months from both Democratic candidates and Republican candidates," she said.

According to Kromer, with the new district lines, Rep. Brad Miller's district, which has historically been democrat, could now go either way.


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