Soucek pulled a fast one today, suddenly withdrawing from a reelection run. Within minutes of that announcement, Deanna Ballard, "Director of the Office of the President/CEO at Samaritan's Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association," filed for the office. We know Franklin Graham will underwrite her campaign.
Why did Soucek file in the first place, when his replacement candidate was clearly lined up and ready for lift-off?
One good reason: To prevent Soucek's 2014 Republican primary opponent for the Senate seat, George Robinson of Caldwell County, from filing for the seat. Robinson had been appointed to a vacant seat in the NC House and had already filed to run for election. Now it's too late for him to mess up Franklin Graham's grand plan to keep a willing puppet in the NC Senate.
Too cute by half.