|Jen Mangrum at Thursday's residency hearing.|
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Mangrum will appeal to the State Board of Elections (SBOE).
Bob Rucho of Charlotte did the same thing -- rented an apartment in Mooresville expressly to run in a different senate district. A similar elections panel in the Rucho case let him stay on the ballot. He lost, badly.
Challenging Mangrum's residency is meant to knee-cap her with the homeys. People often don't like "carpet-baggers" coming into their districts to cause trouble, and apparently Jen Mangrum was becoming trouble for Berger. She has attracted strong support and was "bringing it" to Berger. With the atmosphere in North Carolina turning so acidic toward the current Republican dictatorship in the NC General Assembly, Berger needed to remind everyone that Mangrum is a trouble-making outsider.
If Bob Rucho passed muster, then Jen Mangrum will be certified to run by the SBOE.
Has this hurt her? Yes, without a doubt. And that was the sole motivation.