Hampton Dellinger lists North Carolina's top 5 political races in a recent piece penned for The Atlantic magazine's website. Not surprisingly big names like John Edwards, Jesse Helms and James Holshouser dominate the list.
President Barack Obama's 2008 win gets a shout-out at the end -- though not officially ranked among the North Carolina-specific contests. And not surprisingly, the current Walter Dalton v. Pat McCrory contest doesn't appear destined for fame.
Dome asked Dellinger, a Democrat, to size up the current governor's race and presidential battle in light of his list.
He writes: "Question for McCrory is can he duplicate the centrist path to victory used by Holshouser and Martin? Given how Democratic-leaning North Carolina voters have stayed in gubernatorial races, it is clear that the 1972 GOP victory was a big deal and not one easily duplicated. As for the presidential race, I do think that a second statewide victory by Obama would be truly historic. As I mention in the piece, many were convinced that Obama’s 2008 win was an aberration. If he carries the state again, I think it would be the hands-down winner in terms of most significant win at the presidential race level in our state’s political history going back to 1950."