It has finally happened! I've been complaining for a while that The Washington Post gives no respect to North Carolina races. This new-found respect comes from Chris Cillizza, who writes "The Fix" and lists the top House races in a piece called "The Friday Line."
I don't check every Friday, but with polls out for both Shuler and Kissell, I decided to give it a peek. Much to my surprise listed at number 17 is NC-11. It had no ranking before and Cillizza now has it in the top 20 races to watch in the country.
Here's what Chris had to say:
North Carolina's 11th District: We've been hesitant to include this western North Carolina district on the Line until we got a better sense of whether or not former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler (D) was a strong candidate or not. From everything we hear, Shuler is solid -- if not spectacular. His fundraising has been strong ($553,000 on hand as of April 12) while incumbent Charles H. Taylor's (R) has lagged ($99,500); Taylor has immense personal wealth, however, and is likely to spend as much as he needs to win reelection. Taylor has run increasingly less aggressive campaigns since suffering a stroke in 1997 and recently made a misstep when he was the lone House member to oppose the building of a memorial to United Flight 93's victims in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Previous ranking: N/A)