Dalton plays small ball
RALEIGH — While the national Democratic ticket is enjoying a modest lift in the polls after the convention in Charlotte, the party’s gubernatorial nominee, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, remains significantly behind Republican Pat McCrory.
The political plight of Dalton is “over-determined,” as a social scientist might put it. There are many plausible explanations for why he trails McCrory. Thanks to Gov. Bev Perdue’s last-minute decision not to file for reelection, Dalton’s campaign came together quickly and remains underfunded. Perdue is the most unpopular governor in modern North Carolina history, so running to succeed her as a Democrat is obviously a challenge.
The state’s economy remains in the doldrums, imperiling any candidate perceived to be part of the incumbent establishment. And ...