Two North Carolina congressmen have made the list of the “Top 10 Most Endangered Democrats” in the U.S. House next year as compiled by The Cook Political Report and distributed by The National Journal, a non-partisan publication which covers Congress.
They cited 13th District Rep. Brad Miller of Raleigh and 8th District Rep. Larry Kissell of Biscoe.
“After eluding serious competition since he drew this district for himself as a state senator in 2002,” the Cook Political Report writes, “North Carolina's Miller is getting ready for a taste of his own medicine. Or will he take a pass? Miller reported raising just $32,000 in the first quarter of 2011. Smart money has Republicans tossing Miller's Democratic base in Raleigh in with Democratic Rep. David Price's base in Durham and Chapel Hill, leaving Miller with little choice but to retire or run in a heavily Republican seat outside the Research Triangle.”
As for Kissell, the Cook Political Report writes that he has relied on black voters at the district's two urban extremities – Charlotte and Fayetteville.
“Now that Republicans control redistricting for the first time, they have zero incentive to keep these Democratic gold mines in the 8th congressional district. By next fall, this district could be at least 10 points more Republican and a slam dunk for a conservative GOPer from the Charlotte suburbs.”