Dems, GOP open campaign HQ offices ahead of vote

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The Pasquotank County Democratic Party headquarters, shown here on Friday, opened at Peartree Road and Forest Skipper Drive on Wednesday.

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By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Both Democrats and Republicans opened campaign headquarters last week in Elizabeth City, as Pasquotank County’s two main political parties work to promote their candidates and get out the vote for the Nov. 6 election.

The Pasquotank Democratic Party opened its office Wednesday at the corner of Forest Skipper Drive and Peartree Road. Hours for the office are from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, according to Democratic Party Chairwoman Treva Gregory.

The Pasquotank Republican Party opened its headquarters Thursday at 601 East Elizabeth Street. Its hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and then 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to Pasquotank GOP Vice Chairman George Hague. Each office will be open through election day.

Both Gregory and Hague said the offices will offer information on candidates, campaign materials, and encourage people to make their voices heard on election day.

Gregory said Democrats are eager for Nov. 6, a vital election as the party looks to make inroads in the General Assembly and other levels of government. At the office, they’re sharing information not only on candidates, but on six proposed amendments to the state constitution. They’ll also have volunteers calling voters, though she declined to detail which voters the party will focus on.

On the other side of Elizabeth City, the Pasquotank GOP has volunteers running a small office at the northern edge of downtown. Visitors who enter are greeted by a life-sized cardboard cutout of President Donald Trump.

Hague said the GOP is also excited about its candidates, whom he expected to do well despite national polling showing increased support for Democrats. The “blue tide” will be a “trickle,” he predicted.

Hague said the Pasquotank GOP’s office is also handing out campaign materials, including on judicial candidates voters may not know much about. The GOP is calling voters to boost turnout, but it’s not doing that at the GOP headquarters, he said.

Key to Republicans’ prospects will be winning a large slice of unaffiliated voters, who represent a third of Pasquotank’s electorate of about 29,000 voters, according to the latest state data. Republicans only represent 21 percent of Pasquotank voters, while Democrats represent 45 percent.

Notably, however, Democratic registration is down slightly from Jan. 1, when they made up 46 percent of the electorate and independents were only 31 percent. Pasquotank has gained a net of 824 voters year to date, with independent registration up by 660 and Republicans up 169. Democrats are down a net of 17 voters. There have also been a handful of voters who registered with a third party.