Election 2008 | Elizabeth Dole | Jim Neal | News | North Carolina

Poll Shows Gay Candidate Jim Neal Strong in NC Senate Race


In a Survey USA poll released yesterday, Jim Neal and Kay Hagan are shown to be neck-and-neck (with approx. 20% of the vote each) in a race to oppose Republican Elizabeth Dole for her U.S. Senate seat in November. Three other candidates remain far behind. 45% of those polled, however, remain undecided.

HaganSaid Neal in a statement: "This proves that grassroots politics works and people power trumps the power of money. Despite being outspent two to one, our message is getting through. The average contribution to our campaign is $80, and I am honored that thousands of North Carolinians are putting their hard-earned money behind us. I will continue reaching out to people across the state, listening to their concerns, and learning from their ideas so we can have a government that works for all the people."

According to SurveyUSA, "2,100 state of NC adults were interviewed 04/05/08 through 04/07/08. Of them, 1,824 were registered to vote. Of them, 725 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote in the Democratic Primary."

Pam Spaulding writes that Neal's competitor, Democratic State Senator Kay Hagan, who was recruited by Chuck Schumer and the DSCC, has refused to answer basic questions about LGBT legislation.

AmericaBlog endorsed Neal on Monday and Neal posted a video on their site to introduce himself to their readers. You can view it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Jim Neal for Senate [official site]

Jim Neal, Challenger to Elizabeth Dole in NC, Says He is Gay

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  1. now this a power fag! you go boy!

    Posted by: nic | Apr 9, 2008 8:37:08 AM

  2. This is great news! Let's face it - we're better off in NC without Dole even if it were me that was running. We're fortunate to have a candidate like Neal who's up for the challenge. I'm really glad to hear he's doing so well. I wonder how things might change once voters stop paying attention to Obama/Clinton and start getting educated on Neal and Hagan. I've never given $ to a candidate but I'm going to send over some cash to Neal today to help make sure he can reach those voters outside the metro areas. GO NEAL!!!!

    Posted by: WillnDurhamNC | Apr 9, 2008 9:00:22 AM

  3. p.s. that's an awesome pic...he should run for President ;-)

    Posted by: willnDurhamNC | Apr 9, 2008 9:02:00 AM

  4. Right there with you willindurhamnc. I also am spreading my gay dollars to local politicians this year, including Jim Neal. It is time that all y'all got rid of Liddy. In addition to her appaling political policy positions, she is a fraud. Yeah, she achieved power the old fashioned way: on her back, legs in the air and moaning. Too bad her hubby discovered Viagra.

    Posted by: rudy | Apr 9, 2008 9:10:39 AM

  5. Quixotic, at best.

    Posted by: mikr | Apr 9, 2008 9:11:57 AM

  6. Kay Hagan, a product of the idiot Chuck Schumer who handpicked U.S. Attorney General Mukasey. He sure turned out grand. I hope Hagan has her ass handed to her. Go for it Jim!

    Posted by: Bob R | Apr 9, 2008 9:12:26 AM

  7. I hear he spent a lot of time not in NC but in New York courting all the rich and powerful there for contributions. I wonder if that skewed the $80.00 per person contribution.

    Posted by: Matt | Apr 9, 2008 10:12:35 AM

  8. I doubt it Matt, after all, these are public records, I don't question whether he is gotten support from more influential contributors, but to make a false claim is a liability he wouldn't go for. I'm glad to see his candidacy run strong and I wish him much success.

    Posted by: Rafael | Apr 9, 2008 11:27:36 AM

  9. Nice try, but not a chance. Dole will coast to victory.

    Posted by: 207guy | Apr 9, 2008 2:57:00 PM

  10. Guys...I just read about the HRC not endorsing Jim Neal. I e-mailed Joe Solmonese at Executive@hrc.org with the following complaint. I encourage you to do the same.

    "Dear Joe Solmonese,

    I've been very interested in the Democratic race in North Carolina and very excited with the openly gay candidate, Jim Neal. Although I am a Rhode Island resident, I took the time to spread the word about his candidacy and donated monies to his race. I'm very impressed with his stance on many issues and he is a much more well-rounded candidate for human rights than his contender, Kay Hagan.

    I was greatly disappointed that you, in turn, did not do the same. I would agree that endorsements do not win races...votes do, IF, however, the HRC didn't make endorsements. But the clear fact is that the HRC does make endorsements and endorsements help raise awareness to gay people in public office and yes...even helps raise money. It is folks like me who rely upon you to be the megaphone to my voice...but your inability to take a stand in this very important race by not giving your support behind someone who is openly gay and needs your support (and who is also dead on the issues that you endorse) is very disappointing.

    I will no longer be giving my annual donations to your organization and I will be encouraging my very large and influential group of friends (gay and straight) to also stop donating to your organization.

    Be assured of my displeasure and my voice of opposition to your organization."

    Posted by: Jerry in RI | Apr 29, 2008 5:06:03 PM

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