On Election Day 2014, an Election Protection attorney was at the county Democratic Party headquarters in Asheville, NC. An experienced campaign operative from Boston, he figured North Carolina was where the action would be in 2014. Late that afternoon, he approached me in the hallway and said with some admiration that he’d never seen an operation like ours.

That was before the polls closed and Buncombe County Democrats won back two state house seats from Republicans, including one held by a board member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Across North Carolina, Democrats netted 3 state house seats. Elsewhere across the South (and across the country), Democrats got hammered.

Democrats from surrounding counties felt Buncombe had found the “secret
sauce.” They wanted us to bottle it and send them a case. This training is the

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