The Jazz Vote

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 ...
by | March 26, 2008

Marsalis 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.

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