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Omphfullas Zamboni
11-03-2010, 01:01 AM
Does anyone know if Lawson plans to run again, in the near future?

Bergie Bergeron
11-03-2010, 01:08 AM
Another district? State Senate?

Jeremy
11-03-2010, 01:18 AM
I think he is going to run again. Luckily the GOP has control of the NC State Senate so they can get rid of the gerrymandering.

K466
11-03-2010, 07:35 AM
Well, his latest email strongly suggested that. I hope the district is drawn fairer this time around.

rp08orbust
11-03-2010, 07:37 AM
I hope the district is drawn fairer this time around.

Is there such a thing as a fairly drawn district?

BenIsForRon
11-03-2010, 08:20 AM
I'm sure he's going to weigh his options once again, like he did this time.

He ran this time because it is a big year for republicans, and it was a midterm. So overall turnout is low, yet the share of republicans voting would be high. Obviously, the swing to Republicans wasn't enough, but in a redrawn or different district, he might have a better shot.

He would also have to consider if he could win the primary. Don't forget, republicans are dumb.

Style
11-03-2010, 08:59 AM
http://www.lawsonforcongress.com/posts/two-years-from-now-we-win

Madly_Sane
11-03-2010, 09:02 AM
Lawson lost? last I heard he was tied, then I lost track
FUCK

marc1888
11-03-2010, 09:31 AM
BJ is going to run in 2012. The GOP won both house and senate last night here handsomely so BJ might get his own district to play in for 2012. My own thoughts is that David Price will retire. He wont compete in a district where he has an unfair advantage. NC was a democrat state for a long time, last night it changed. At the federal level all the incumbents won except Bob Etheridge. Etheridge was a Dixiecrat in a conservative democrat seat but he lost to a fire breathing neocon hater who seems to have a fixation for Palin...

In short BJ lost last night but his ground game in getting out the numbers helped elect others which enabled the GOP to win some of their targets locally. Unless their is some crazy anti Ron Paul backlash amongst the neocon right i suspect there may be a Congressman Lawson in the house in 2012 :)

Then i think you guys might all be in for a very pleasant shock when you see why we all think BJ Lawson is a RP rockstar ;)

JamesButabi
11-03-2010, 09:46 AM
Thank You!
Dear James,

Yesterday was a historic election in North Carolina's 4th District.

Thanks to your help, we ran neck-and-neck with 22 year incumbent David Price for most of the night, until late returns (mostly from Durham County) finally gave him his margin of victory.

Here's a comparison between 2008 and 2010:



2008
County Price Lawson
Wake 102,268 51% 96,520 49%
Durham 102,291 77% 31,055 23%
Orange 51,918 72% 20,624 28%
Chatham 9,374 62% 5,748 38%

Total 265,851 63% 153,947 37%

Dollars Spent $940,570 $520,569
Dollars Per Vote $3.54 $3.38


2010
County Price Lawson
Wake 56,821 43% 75,381 57%
Durham 56,991 73% 21,410 27%
Orange 31,792 70% 13,693 30%
Chatham 6,897 57% 5,231 43%

Total 152,501 57% 115,715 43%

Dollars Spent
(through Q3) $796,280 $287,980
Dollars Per Vote $5.17 $2.49

We are incredibly encouraged by these results.

Specifically, we gained ground in every single county. In Wake County, we swung from a 2 point loss to a 14 point win. We closed the gap by 8 points in Durham, 4 points in Orange, and 10 points in Chatham.

We went from a 26 point race to a 14 point race -- and David Price spent a lot of money to lose those twelve points.

The fundraising numbers for 2010 are only through Q3, and those will revise upwards in the final FEC reports. I expect that Price will spend over $1 million, and we've spent all of the roughly $400k that we raised.

Honestly, I underperformed in fundraising this year... but at the end of the day, thanks to our amazing volunteers, we ran a million-dollar campaign.

JoLynn and I are so grateful and privileged to work with such an amazing group of volunteers. The sweat equity that you poured into this campaign -- from all across the country -- is unprecedented, and the results show fantastic momentum for the future.

Volunteers -- Your hard work paid off!

We made over 75,000 get out the vote calls in the two weeks leading up to the election. While David Price was running a vicious attack campaign of direct mail, robocalls, and television advertisements, we absorbed the assault and got our voters to the polls.

While we didn't get all of our 2008 voters to the polls (which would have been enough to win!), we did get enough voters out to help elect Republican Tom Murry as my new representative from NC House District 41, and sweep four fiscally conservative Republicans into our Wake County commission! Not to mention pulling our weight in Chatham County, where a slate of three Republican county commissioners made history last night as well!

In the current economic environment, fiscally conservative leadership at the state and local level has never been more important. These wins are huge, and historic.

But here's the best part.

The North Carolina General Assembly changed hands last night -- including a historic pickup by my friend Glen Bradley in NC House District 49. For the first time in over a century, the Democrats' political machine is not running Raleigh. With 2011's upcoming redistricting, our job as North Carolinians is to insist on fair, competitive districts throughout the state -- and our Republican leadership has the mandate to deliver that outcome.

We need voters to choose their politicians, instead of politicians choosing their voters. It is unconscionable that someone like David Price can vote with Nancy Pelosi more than any other Congressman simply because he has been gerrymandered into a "safe" district that is considered impossible to challenge.

We did more than challenge David Price in 2010. Despite his negative attacks, distortions, and fear mongering, I believe that in the battle of ideas, we defeated him. Additionally, we turned a supposedly "safe" seat into a sinkhole for special interest and corporate PAC money that was unable to be used in other races.

So what comes next?

I called David Price last night -- unfortunately I wasn't able to speak with him personally, but I left a message on his voicemail.

I congratulated him on winning re-election. Then I told him that while I was willing to concede this election, I am not willing to concede our country.

I will see him again in 2012.

JoLynn and I are going to spend some much-needed time with the children over the next few weeks, but we are going to be working. Working to fix health care, working to grow our economy, and working to raise the money needed to defeat David Price in 2012.

Thank you again for your financial support, and pouring your hearts and souls into this campaign. Thank you for your prayers. Real change takes time, and we are on the right side of history.

In liberty,

JamesButabi
11-03-2010, 09:53 AM
So running again in 2012. Plus alot of key election won which SHOULD allow for redistricting in 2012. We will not only need to push RP. We will also have Schiff and Lawson giving another go with very big opportunity.

Bergie Bergeron
11-03-2010, 10:14 AM
The North Carolina General Assembly changed hands last night -- including a historic pickup by my friend Glen Bradley in NC House District 49. For the first time in over a century, the Democrats' political machine is not running Raleigh. With 2011's upcoming redistricting, our job as North Carolinians is to insist on fair, competitive districts throughout the state -- and our Republican leadership has the mandate to deliver that outcome.
Go Gunny !

Imperial
11-03-2010, 05:17 PM
There had been a little bit of talk of BJ running in Etheridge's district, but Etheridge was knocked off last night.

Let's be realistic- 2012 will be a worse environment than 2010. If BJ wants to win, he has to have the district redistricted to make it friendlier. I don't necessarily see that happening- there were, what, 2-3 other Dem seats that were closer to flipping in North Carolina? It is a big gamble.

He also has to have better fundraising (something that is likely since he is starting earlier).

nobody's_hero
11-03-2010, 07:44 PM
Kay is up for re-election in 2014?

BJ should run for something winnable to get his reputation going across North Carolina (it may already be up because of the numbers he pulled in an entrenched democrat district by sheer campaigning effort). Something to establish a voting record, maybe? (then again, he'd have to be careful doing that, because once a record is established, your opponent WILL try to find some dirt on you)