Under the Dome

Historical view of a Burr-Shuler matchup

One potentially viable candidate dips his toe in the water and it’s big news. In the absence of any Democratic challengers to U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, last week’s report that former Congressman Heath Shuler is considering a run still has legs.

On Monday, the University of Minnesota-affiliated Smart Politics news website released a study of a potential Burr-Shuler match-up. According to the organization:

“A Smart Politics study finds that a Heath Shuler vs. Richard Burr general election matchup in 2016 would mark just the second time two sitting or former U.S. Representatives have met in a North Carolina U.S. Senate election in the direct election era – and the first in 98 years.”


“A Shuler U.S. Senate candidacy would be the first by a sitting or former Democratic U.S. House member in the state since Galifianakis’ in 1972.”

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