Are The New York Times and local Republicans overstating the role that Obama for America played in this fall's Wake County election results?
The Sunday Times Review analysis piece cites the Raleigh and Charlotte mayoral races and the Wake school board races as examples of how successful the Obama campaign was locally. The article goes on to quote local Republicans to buttress the assertions in the piece about a mass Obama for America organizing effort in Wake.
“It was very scary,” said Chris Sinclair, a strategist for Billie Redmond, the Republican candidate for mayor in Raleigh. “You don’t know what’s going on until you wake up after Election Day and go, ‘Oh my gosh, what happened?’ ”
The piece cites an email sent 10 days before the Nov. 8 election from Jeremy Bird, the Obama for America national field director, to volunteers across the country.
"We have less than two weeks until November’s local and state elections,” Bird writes. “That means we need to ramp up our organizing work block by block and neighborhood by neighborhood.”
Something to consider is that the Raleigh mayoral race and four of the five school board races were decided Oct. 11. The only school board race that might have been impacted by that email was the District 3 runoff.
"Although the Democrats seemed reluctant to talk about it, the Obama organization used the fall election as a trial run in places such as Charlotte and Greensboro, although apparently not in Wake County," Rob Christensen wrote in his Nov. 13 column.