Political notebook: So who votes in the 13th Congressional District anyway?

Published 12:05 am Saturday, April 16, 2016

There’s no runoff election this year, but voters will head to the polls in summer 2016.

During an election on June 7, ballots are scheduled to include elections for the U.S. House and N.C. Supreme Court judge. It will be a primary for the congressional elections. Depending on where a voter lives, ballots will either include a primary race for the 13th or 8th Congressional District.

The 8th District isn’t new to Rowan County. The district does, however, include more Rowan residents than it did before a redistricting this year.

The redistricting was a result of a federal court decision that declared North Carolina’s congressional map unconstitutional. State legislators held a special session earlier this year to comply with a federal court order to redraw the map. However, the map needs federal court approval, which hasn’t come yet. For now, North Carolina’s congressional primaries are scheduled for June 7. Candidates who receive the largest portion of votes, regardless of percentage, would proceed to the general election.

In the 13th Congressional District, which was moved to the Piedmont during the redistricting, the lack of a runoff could be particularly interesting on the Republican side. A total of 17 Republicans have filed to run for the 13th District. A much smaller number of Democrats — five — have filed to run for the same spot.

North Carolina’s congressional map shows that any Rowan voter who previously lived in the 8th District will remain in the district for the June 7 primary. Other voters, however, may be unfamliar with which district he or she would vote in during the June election.

The line between the 13th and 8th District in Rowan County starts at Grants Creek, which it follows until reaching 7th Street in Spencer. It then heads south along 7th Street, bobbing and weaving through residential areas until it reaches U.S. 29. Generally, anyone to the south or east of the line between the two districts will vote in the 8th District. Anyone to the west or north of the line will vote in the 13th.

East Spencer will vote in the 8th Congressional District. It appears all voters who live within Salisbury’s city limits will vote in the 13th Congressional District. Generally, anyone immediately outside of the City of Salisbury will be in the 8th Congressional District.

The line between the 13th and 8th Congressional District then runs along the center of Mooresville Road, until reaching Sloan Park. The line then shifts right, moving along the center of Sloan Road until it again connects with Mooresville Road. The line between the two districts then runs along the center of Mooresville Road until it reaches the Rowan-Iredell line.

Generally, anyone south of Mooresville Road will vote in the 8th Congressional District. Anyone North will vote in the 13th.

Congressional candidate comes up with unique fundraising event

Fundraising events are relatively common way for candidates to raise money for political campaigns, but usually those don’t involve machine guns.

Republican 13th District candidate Vernon Robinson has planned a “Machine Gun Social” on Monday to raise money for his campaign. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the Point Blank Shooting Range in Mooresville.

Robinson, a Winston-Salem resident, will ask participants to pay $50 dollars to fire a magazine in a submachine gun. The event will also involve a door prize giveaway for an AR-15.

Robinson is one of 17 Republicans running for the 13th Congressional District.

Ross raises more in first quarter, but Burr maintains lead in cash on hand

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Deborah Ross outraised incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican, in the first quarter of 2016, according to figures released this week.

Ross raised an estimated $1.3 million, according to figures released by her campaign. Burr raised $1.1 million.

Although cash on hand figures weren’t available, Ross’ numbers wouldn’t be enough to overtake Burr’s advantage.

Burr has $5.8 million in cash on hand. Ross ended last year with about $452,000 in cash on hand.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.

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