|Photo Chuck Burton|
Ross was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Watauga Democratic Party Fall Rally. She energized that large crowd with both her out-going and infectious personality and with her grasp of policy. Many attended that rally last year because there was speculation that Ross would make her announcement in Boone for the U.S. Senate. Several other candidates were already announced (Ross would end up running against three men in last March's primary), but we couldn't quite talk her into making history while she was in Boone.
A couple of weeks later, she was in the Senate race. We like to think that Watauga Democrats helped build a push for her. Watauga certainly did its part in the March primary, giving Ross over 72% of the vote.
She's making tracks. She's pulled even with Sen. Burr. In at least one poll, she's ahead of him. So much will depend on the turn-out of the demographic groups that have been consistently targeted for voter suppression by our Republican overlords ... particularly young people. If they push back against the voter suppression and get themselves to early voting, Deborah Ross could be our new senator in Washington.