Republican Pat McCrory is generating some attention today but most of the national party eyes are focused on Florida where the GOP presidential primary contest meets its latest vote.
To get some local perspective on the race, we called Scott Laster, the executive director of the N.C. Republican Party. Laster worked for five years running legislative campaigns in the Sarasota area before working for Florida lawmakers and state agencies. Here's an edited version of our conservation earlier today:
Q: Florida enjoys the political spotlight. How are politics different in the Sunshine State compared to North Carolina? A: "The GOP in Florida took control of the legislature in the mid 90s and they've been solidifying their position since then, whereas in North Carolina its new to have Republican leadership. ... It's a purple state and i consider our state reddish-purple. Florida is more of a swing state."