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Richard Vinroot, Harvey Gantt appear in video against marriage referendum

Two former Charlotte mayors -- Republican Richard Vinroot and Democrat Harvey Gantt -- are appearing in a new Web video urging voters to cast ballots against the marriage amendment.

The so-called "Amendment 1" (not it's official name) would ban gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships. Vinroot's opposition to the constitutional amendment made headlines earlier this year -- and his appearance in a video produced by the Coalition to Protect All N.C. Families is an even bigger step.

Will the New South rise in November?

Barack Obama won the nomination thanks to Southern cities.

An analysis of voting patterns by the Center for Rural Strategies shows that the Democratic presidential nominee won cities in the South handily, helping deliver the region to him despite his losses in rural counties.

Sen. Obama won the Southern cities by about the same margin that Clinton won Appalachia — and urban areas in the South delivered more than twice the number of votes as were cast in all of Appalachia.

They note that Hillary Clinton winning Appalachia by 750,000 votes and Obama winning Southern cities by double that number.

In North Carolina at least, Obama clearly ran an urban-centered campaign, focusing on the Interstate 85 corridor from Charlotte to Raleigh, with side trips to Fayetteville.

And with stops like Research Triangle Park, he was clearly aiming for the New South — a strategy that failed in the past for candidates like Harvey Gantt.

As noted: previously, Democratic consultant Brad Crone says that things have changed.

Hat Tip: Chris Kromm

Martin: Charlotte 'curse' is bogus

D.G. Martin says the Charlotte mayors curse is bogus.

In a column in the Southern Pines Pilot, the UNC-TV host and former Congressional candidate writes that the losses of former mayors Richard Vinroot, Eddie Knox, Sue Myrick and Harvey Gantt in statewide bids were not because of their job titles.

"All of the above contests were decided by many factors more important than the pluses or minuses of having served as a Charlotte mayor," he writes.

He also points to former Republican Gov. Jim Martin, whose political base was Charlotte, even if his address was Lake Norman.

Therefore, Martin argues, current Mayor Pat McCrory could still have a shot if he decides to run for the Republican nomination for governor.

Hat Tip: Mark Binker

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