Phil Berger Jr.

Politics & Government
5:01 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

The Race To Replace Coble: 'It's A Wonderful Chance For A Republican' Says One Analyst

It was a small audience at a forum for 6th Congressional candidates at UNC-Greensboro last week.
Credit Jeff Tiberi

Early voting for begins this Thursday and candidates for federal, state and local offices are making a final push leading up to the May 6th primary. In the 6th Congressional District a crowded field of conservative hopefuls is vying for the republican nomination.

Early voting for begins this Thursday and candidates for federal, state and local offices are making a final push leading up to the May 6th primary.

In the Republican leaning 6th Congressional District a crowded field of conservative hopefuls is vying for the republican nomination to replace 83-year-old Howard Coble, who is retiring later this year.

When Coble was first elected to the US Congress, North Carolina had about 60 percent fewer residents. That's about four million people. You could still smoke on planes. Michael Jordan was a rookie with the Chicago Bulls.

The long-time incumbent is stepping aside leaving a significant vacancy. 

"This is a wonderful chance, the seat is open - well it's a wonderful chance for a Republican at least. It's a good year for Republicans. If you get the nomination for your party you're going to be in Congress. And once you're in Congress there is a good chance you can stay there," said Charles Prysby is a Political Science Professor at UNC-Greensboro.

Meeting the public

Some of the men campaigning for the 6th Congressional seat were in an old lecture hall on campus at UNCG last week. At the start of the forum there were fewer than 20 people in the audience. The forum featured four Republicans and a Democrat,.

Students asked questions and the conversation flowed from education to climate change, the war on drugs to minimum wage and touched briefly on foreign policy.

"It's surprising that you don't have more what I would call high quality Republican candidates," Prysby said.

He says a common path to Congress is first working as a state legislator. None of the candidates in the 6th have any experience in the General Assembly. By comparison, three candidates in the race for the open 12th congressional seat are current state legislators.

"Experienced candidates, people who have had elected office. So this is not a reflection on the inherent quality of some of the people - they may be absolutely wonderfully people. But of the nine Republicans I think only three have held elected office," added Prysby. 

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Politics & Government
10:02 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Potential Successors To Congressman Coble Step Forward

Rep. Howard Coble (R) is retiring next year. The race to replace him is already underway.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

 Audio FileJeff Tiberii's report on candidates who want to succeed Congressman Howard Coble.Edit | Remove

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