Another thing that will be interesting is to see what the residual effects of all these presidential ads is in November. John McCain holds a comfortable lead over Hillary in recent NC polls, but Obama and McCain are running almost even in some. John McCain is not running any ads here. Will the big Democratic ad buys for the primary win over some undecideds early – undecideds that might have gone for John McCain if they had been hearing his message already? Or will people be so sick of Obama and Hillary that they will welcome McCain’s ads closer to November? Stay tuned.
The excitement has not just been on the airwaves. Large numbers of new voters have registered across the state. A majority of those new voters have registered Democrat. Whether they did so to vote for a candidate that has made a connection with them, or they registered just so they can vote against Hillary Clinton in the primary, or they registered so they can vote for Hillary Clinton as part of Rush Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos” remains to be seen. Early voting started here April 17 and in some counties the number of early voters is five times what it was in previous primaries.
Kids (and others who don’t normally do so) are talking about politics, too. At least mine and their friends are. I guess that happens to some extent in every presidential election, but since we are seeing so many more candidate visits and television commercials there is more of a buzz than usual. My daughter told me that her teacher had been talking a lot about the election – about how this year is special because a woman and an African-American are on the presidential ballot. On the way home from school last week my daughter’s seven year old friend was even talking politics. She said her family was going to move out of the country if Hillary Clinton was elected. My daughter asked her why and her friend said because her daddy says Hillary Clinton wants to control everyone’s lives. I won’t argue with that, but now that my state is finally helping determine who the next President is, I’m not going anywhere.