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SEIU Launches Third Party In North Carolina


SEIU -- and its local affiliate in North Carolina, SEANC -- say that they have more than 100 people on the ground actively gathering the 85,000 signatures necessary to become a recognized political party in North Carolina with a ballot line.

But as Greg Sargent, who first reported the news, writes, the seriousness of the effort is still somewhat in doubt.

"[P]resuming the party qualifies at all, it remains to be seen how much clout it will wield," Sargent writes. "For instance, it's unclear which districts the party might field a candidate in, and what the criteria for picking those districts will be. A lot of these things will be determined by availability of candidates and other local political concerns."