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 apparently 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.
Tabor wanted to file to challenge longtime GOP incumbent Howard Coble in the 6th Congressional District, where a crowded Republican primary is underway.
Why did he wait? "I think I was in on time. My signature is on the board over here. The lady at the front — I came in the door — and she throws her hands in the air and says 'You made it,' " Tabor recounted.
Tabor said he left Kernersville at 10 a.m. "My GPS said an hour and 30 minutes," he said.
If his filing goes through, he will relinquish his post as party chairman. He said he respects Coble but after doing overnight polling, decided to enter the race. "I've done some praying, I've done some polling, I've done some researching ... and came to the conclusion today we need fresh leadership in Washington, D.C.," he said.