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Potential Hillary Clinton bid looks strong early in North Carolina

An early -- repeat, early -- 2016 presidential poll in North Carolina looks good for Democrat Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for the White House.

In a hypothetical matchup against Republican Marco Rubio, another potential candidate, Clinton wins 49 percent to 42 percent with 9 percent undecided, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey.

The Raleigh-based Democratic firm also found that Clinton also bests Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, 52 percent to 40 percent with 8 percent undecided.

The numbers break largely along partisan lines with Clinton holding a slight advantage against independents. The former secretary of state also gets about 55 percent of women against both potential challengers, while men narrowly favor the Republican. The automated PPP poll, taken April 11-14, has a 4 percentage point margin of error.

Meadows supports some form of legal status for illegal immigrants

N.C. Congressman Mark Meadows is joining U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's call for Republicans to shift their immigration talk.

In a letter to the senator, Meadows and colleagues endorse a three-legged stool platform that includes securing the county's borders, expanding legal immigration with a focus on high-skilled workers and a legal status that may fall short of full citizenship for illegal immigrants in the United States. Meadows represents the 11th District in western North Carolina.

The letter endorsed Paul's statement that the GOP must embrace legal immigration and conservative Republicans need to "become part of the solution" to the issue. "We believe such an approach would put the broader health of our economy -- not entrenched special interests -- at the forefront of this debate," the letter reads.

Document(s):
RepsImmigrationLetter.pdf

Ron Paul's grandson arrested at Charlotte airport

Former presidential candidate Ron Paul's grandson was arrested Saturday at the Charlotte airport.

According to The Associated Press, William Hilton Paul, 19, the son of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, was charged with consuming alcohol underage, disorderly conduct and being intoxicated and disruptive when the plan landed at 10:49 a.m. Read more from the AP here.

Senate candidates 'spinning' over election results

So voters in three states appeared to come out strong against incumbents Tuesday.

How's should a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in North Carolina react?

Well if you're Cal Cunningham, former state senator and relative newby, you might release a statement that says something like this:

"Tonight's results show that Americans are tired of the same career politicians and they're ready for a new generation of leadership. Here in North Carolina, my campaign has risen from 37 points behind in the polls to pull into a tie with a 14-year statewide office-holder."

If you're that 14-year office holder, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, you might say something like "hogwash." Or you'd at least have your chief consultant do it. Thomas Mills, noted that in Pennsylvania, Sen. Arlen Specter, a five term incumbent, was defeated by a sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives. The only real newcomer who did well yesterday was Rand Paul, who won the Republican nomination for Senate in Kentucky, Mills said.

"Cal Cunningham has once again misread the electorate and the election. Voters in states across he nation chose proven leaders like Congressman Joe Sestak with the backbone to stand up to Washington insiders. The only new face in the crowd was Rand Paul. If Cal Cunningham wants to compare himself to a right-wing Tea-partier, that's fine with me."

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