Charlotte Talks: Meck GOP Assesses Future After Midterm Rout

Dec 4, 2018

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018

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The November election left Mecklenburg County Republicans wondering about their party's future in local politics. Mike Collins talks with GOP veterans, including two who experienced blue wave defeats.

Republicans were all but wiped off the political map in Charlotte-Mecklenburg in the November election. Voters ousted the three GOP county commissioners in districts that were considered safe seats. Only one Mecklenburg Republican was re-elected to the General Assembly, mirroring GOP legislative defeats in Wake County and other urban corners.

In the 9th Congressional District, many Republican precincts in central, south and southeast Charlotte that make up the GOP "wedge" of support went blue.

It's been nearly a decade since Charlotte last elected a Republican to citywide office, and even longer since a Republican held the mayor's office.

City Council member Tariq Bokhari, one of only two Republicans on the council, offered a post-election assessment for his party "that some may not want to hear."

Where does the local GOP go after last month's rout?


Tariq Scott Bokhari, Charlotte City Council, Republican - District 6 (@FinTechInnov8r)

Matthew Ridenhour, former Mecklenburg County Commission member, Republican - District 5 (@mridenhour)

Edwin Peacock, former Charlotte City Council member and Republican mayoral nominee (@EdwinPeacockIII)