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Nathan Tabor doesn't make the ballot in Greensboro congressional race

The State Board of Elections has rejected a request by Nathan Tabor, the Forsyth County Republican Party chairman, to get on a Greensboro congressional ballot after officials determined last month he missed the candidate filing deadline, the AP reports.

About one-quarter of state legislature re-elected today with a single vote

UPDATED: As the dust settled at the end of the candidate filing period, it appears that 23 percent of the state legislature -- 10 senators and 29 House members -- were re-elected without a vote. The lawmakers -- Republicans and Democrats -- didn't draw any challengers in the 2012 election and a few only drew Libertarian competitors.

If you consider incumbents who didn't draw a major party competitor (so excluding Libertarian candidates), 42 percent of the N.C. General Assembly will return without an election contest (19 senators and 52 House members). It's an increase over the 2010 numbers, political observers said.

Last-second drama ends candidate filing period in Raleigh

The two-week candidate filing period ended at noon Wednesday with last-minute drama, as a would-be congressional candidate ran into the state elections agency in Raleigh seconds too late.

Forsyth Republican Party Chairman Nathan Tabor stopped his car in the middle of the State Board of Elections parking lot and ran into the building. He said the receptionist told him he made it just in time.

But a room away, elections chief Gary Bartlett announced the end of filing before Tabor entered. Seconds later Tabor stormed into the room. Bartlett told Tabor he was too late. Tabor plans to appeal to the full state elections board, which will make a decision March 6.

Busted pipe forces state candidate filing to relocate

A busted pipe forced the evacuation of the State Board of Elections office on Harrington Street as candidates filed paperwork to run for office.

Gary Bartlett, the executive director, said a pipe burst under the floor and flooded the back part of the office. The water was too close to the transformer for comfort, forcing fire officials to evacuate the building Tuesday morning.

The state's elections agency just moved offices to 441 N. Harrington St. -- but now the flood has forced the agency back to its old confines, a block down the street.

Americans for Prosperity WANTS YOU! to run for office

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group, is trolling for good state legislative candidates.

The group sent a robocall to targeted North Carolina homes Monday looking for people who would "promote the principles of limited government and free markets" and sign a no-tax pledge. "Have you ever considered running for office. The filing period for running for the state legislature begins today," the call starts. (See audio below.)

Are conservatives having trouble finding candidates? No, says Dallas Woodhouse, the group's executive director. "We have done this before and have been successful is getting people to file for office and sign the no-tax-increase pledge," he said. "Last year we had many candidates signed the pledge and some were recruited this way."

Morning Roundup: Candidate filing, Obama's budget and Perdue, oh my

The race to replace retiring Congresswoman Sue Myrick is attracting a number of prominent candidates from the Charlotte area, Republican and Democrat. Read here.

President Barack Obama unveiled his 2013 federal budget. Here's what's at stake for North Carolina. What do Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson think of the budget, read a statement they made to The Charlotte Observer. The White House is also honoring a Triangle nonprofit leader, Joe Freddoso.

An economic development project is eyeing a site near the controversial Project Soccer location. Caterpillar is the name being mentioned with more state incentives on the line. Read more here.

Columnist Barry Saunders adds to the chorus commenting on Tar Heel basketball fans who booed Gov. Bev Perdue at a January game. Read his take here.

Incumbents get early start on 2012 campaign

A number of prominent state officials didn't waste time to launch their re-election efforts Monday. In a campaign season defined so far by who isn't running, most of the statewide Council of State officials filed paperwork to run again in 2012.

Among them: Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, State Treasurer Janet Cowell, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, State Superintendent June Atkinson and State Auditor Beth Wood, all Democrats.

Redistricting critics push to delay primary to July 10

UPDATED: A group challenging the GOP-draw redistricting maps is asking a judge to delay the May primary to July 10, according to court filings.

The new election schedule -- which also asks a delay of candidate filing from February to April 27 -- is part of a motion for an injunction filed by Democrats and the NAACP against the Republican state legislature. The delay is necessary, the plaintiffs argue, because they are likely to be successful in their challenge of the district boundaries.

If it takes the court even longer to rule, the plaintiffs suggest the judge can set the primary for Aug. 28, which is the week before the Democratic Party convention in Charlotte.

The court filings include more than 400 pages of documents and affidavits from experts who dissected the GOP maps as part of the legal challenge. Below, find a breakdown of the proposed election calendar. The groups return to court Thursday. Read more from the filings here.

Will redistricting dispute delay May primary?

Attorneys for the N.C. General Assembly are asking a judge to "not rush to judgment" on the new redistricting maps facing legal challenges, raising questions about whether the cases will delay the May primary.

Map critics who challenged their legality want the case resolved by mid-February in time for candidate filing, the AP reports. The first hearing is scheduled for Dec. 16. Read more on the legal wrangling here

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