The News & Observer's editorial board endorsed Democrat Walter Dalton for governor in today's newspaper. It's a reversal from four years ago when the newspaper's opinion writers picked Republican Pat McCrory.
"Of these two candidates for the governorship, we think Dalton has more of what it takes to lead North Carolina in the right direction, toward more opportunity and prosperity for all of its people," the board wrote.
The editorial continued: "McCrory received this newspaper’s editorial endorsement four years ago – our first for a Republican candidate for governor -- because he seemed well-suited to counterbalance a Democratic General Assembly whose leaders had grown presumptuous with their power, in some cases illegally so, and because his call for a fresh approach to governing struck a chord. ...This year, the 2008 situation has been turned on its head. McCrory as governor would almost certainly be working with a legislature firmly in GOP hands. The odds of a checks-and-balances dynamic would be minimal.
"That puts a premium on Dalton as someone who would be well-suited to review Republican plans with a suitable measure of healthy skepticism."
It's the first newspaper editorial board endorsement for Dalton we can find this election.
Read the full editorial here. Dome and the N&O political team had nothing to do with the editorial endorsement process.