Alan Greenblatt is a GOVERNING correspondent.E-mail: email@example.com
Hampton Dellinger, who admittedly is not a household name on this blog, is one of four Democrats seeking the post of lieutenant governor in North Carolina. He has at least one support worth noting: jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis, who has cut a radio ad for the candidate.
Marsalis, who lives in Durham, says in the ad that he has been impressed by Dellinger's willingness to talk about poverty and the need to create jobs in North Carolina.
"Now I'm not a political guy," Marsalis says in the ad. "But it's not often I hear somebody talking about what really matters."
In the governor's race, the latest polling has the current LG, Beverly Perdue, still ahead of Treasurer Richard Moore on the Dem side, but it's tightening. She's up 41-34 and the poll suggests as many as 50 percent of Democrats are open to changing their minds between now and the May primary.
The four-way GOP race is coming down, more or less as expected, to a contest between Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory and state Sen. Fred Smith. McCrory is now up 27-24, with everyone else in single digits.
GOVERNING Politics is the place for news and analysis on campaigns and elections. If there's a ballot measure in California, a legislative election in Alabama, a mayoral election in Anchorage or a governor's race in Rhode Island, GOVERNING Politics probably is writing about it. We love everything about state and local politics, from polls and campaign ads to policy debates and demographic trends.