The Wake County Republican Party is declaring victory in the District 2 school board race.
In today's press release, Wake GOP Chairman Claude Pope Jr. praises Cathy Truitt for stepping down from the runoff election, "thus saving the taxapayers of Wake County thousands of dollars."
Pope is wrong. The ballots have been printed. Early voting has already begun. Voters will still see Truitt's name on the ballot even though she conceded today.
Here's the GOP press release:
Wake County GOP Congratulates John Tedesco on his Election to the Wake County School Board
RALEIGH, NC. -- The Wake County Republican Party is thrilled to congratulate John Tedesco on his victory in the race for the District 2 seat on the Wake County School Board.
“The voters of Wake County have spoken loudly and clearly that they desire a return to neighborhood schools and a school board that is responsive to the needs of parents and students. With today’s announcement by Cathy Truitt that she will not seek a runoff for the District 2 seat, the path is now clear for John Tedesco and the other newly-elected school board members to deliver on this promise and work together to reverse the failed policies of the past decade,” said Claude E. Pope, Jr., Wake County GOP Chairman.
Pope went on to state that, “The Wake GOP commends Dr. Truitt for her decision to step down from the runoff election, thus saving the taxpayers of Wake County thousands of dollars that can be better spent elsewhere. John is clearly the best candidate, according to the voters in District 2. Dr. Truitt remains a member of the Wake County Republican Party and we welcomed her participation in the democratic process. Her campaign made this a better race, and her ideas and her membership continue to be an asset to the Wake GOP.”
We continue to encourage voters to support all of the GOP-endorsed candidates on November 3. Strong support for school reforms from the municipal boards will help to ensure a new school board’s success,” Pope concluded.