Wake Forest University politics professor John Dinan says several races in Tuesday’s North Carolina primary elections will attract particular attention:
Dinan says, “One important consequence of the federal court decision striking down North Carolina’s congressional districts and the need to move congressional primaries to June 7 is that the state legislature eliminated the usual rule where run-off elections are held between the top two vote-getters when no candidate wins at least 40 percent of the vote in non-presidential primaries. This rule change will likely help incumbents by making it tougher for challengers to force them into run-off elections.”
Dinan is an expert on state politics, particularly North Carolina politics. He is the author of several books, including “The American State Constitutional Tradition” and “Keeping the People’s Liberties: Legislators, Citizens, and Judges as Guardians of Rights” and he writes an annual entry on state constitutional developments for “The Book of States.” He frequently comments for media on topics related to North Carolina politics and state constitutions and has been included in recent AP stories regarding HB2.
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