The Democratic primary for governor may closely resemble a traditional British election - a brief campaign season, relatively austere electioneering budgets, and stingy television advertising. The only thing missing will be tea.
With only 69 days until the May 8 primary, the three major Democratic candidates, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton of Rutherfordton, former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge of Lillington, and state Rep. Bill Faison of Orange County, will have little time to get their message before the voters. Read Rob Christensen's analysis of the race here.
For a primer on the best races to watch in 2012 -- an all-important election year in North Carolina -- check out this guide.
And read more about Etheridge releasing his tax returns, forcing a discussion of candidates' financial disclosure in the governor's race.