Bad news for vulnerable Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell, who is struggling to keep his job in North Carolina's 8th District. He may be not the only Democrat running in November. McClatchy:
Kissell's challenge is to win over conservative white voters (most of whom don't like President Obama) in the district without alienating the black voters he also needs to win. As House Race Hotline noted last week, in March, Kissell's pollsters specifically said that minority voters were the key to his "expansion potential" from a dangerous-looking 46 percent starting point.
But it looks like Kissell's outreach to his right may have cost him with the black vote he must have if he's going to survive. His story is a reminder of the delicate and difficult balancing act that politicians must often undertake to keep their jobs.