Nick Ellis: Get the facts

March 27, 2013 

Get the facts

Gene Nichol used tired and unsubstantiated rhetoric to partially explain why Republicans were successful in the 2012 elections (“On being governed by brigands,” March 21).

He said there was an “anti-Obama racial animus” present in North Carolina’s voters. Yet he cites absolutely zero evidence to support this allegation. In fact, President Obama received 35,000 more votes in 2012 than he did in 2008. However, the Democratic candidate for governor, Walter Dalton, received over 200,000 fewer votes than Bev Perdue did in 2008. And Gov. Pat McCrory increased his vote total by over 439,000 votes from 2008 to 2012.

As a law professor, Nichol should know he better have some facts to back up his “theory of the case” before presenting it to the court of public opinion.

Nick Ellis


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