Michael Bitzer http://wfae.org en U.S. Senate GOP Runoff Looks Likely http://wfae.org/post/us-senate-gop-runoff-looks-likely <p>Now that we are entering the home stretch of the May primary election, we still seem to lack a true frontrunner in the GOP nomination contest for the U.S. Senate.&nbsp;</p><p>While most polls show Thom Tillis, speaker of the NC House of Representatives, leading the field, the <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2014/senate/nc/north_carolina_senate_republican_primary-3490.html#polls">numbers</a> across several different polls indicate a larger percentage of the potential electorate still has not made up their minds regarding the eight candidates.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:24:29 +0000 Michael Bitzer 49263 at http://wfae.org U.S. Senate GOP Runoff Looks Likely The Week In Politics: Early Voting Ends, North Carolina Tight In Presidential, 8th District Races http://wfae.org/post/week-politics-early-voting-ends-north-carolina-tight-presidential-8th-district-races <p>WFAE's political analyst Michael Bitzer has been joining Morning Edition Host Duncan McFadyen most Fridays. He's a political scientist at Catawba College in Salisbury. They spoke on the final Friday before the November 2012 election to take one last look at various races in North Carolina. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 15:35:20 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 15168 at http://wfae.org Do Historic Voting Patterns Forecast 2012 Election? http://wfae.org/post/do-historic-voting-patterns-forecast-2012-election <p>There are different ways of looking at the possible electorate, based on past presidential elections. For example, North Carolina’s electorate might be reflective of the composition of registered voters in the state.</p><p>So let’s start with the 2004 election, when George W. Bush won the state by 13 percent—and was a continuation of what North Carolina had traditionally voted at the presidential level. As was evident in previous elections, North Carolina was a state where the Republicans won by double-digits over a series of elections, and was classified as “safe” GOP state.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:42:16 +0000 Michael Bitzer 8208 at http://wfae.org Do Historic Voting Patterns Forecast 2012 Election?