Last night new N.C. Democratic Party Chair Jerry Meek spoke to Davidson County Democrats, and just in passing (mind you), held up Watauga County Democrats as exemplars of keeping the faith. From the Lexington, N.C., Dispatch this afternoon:
"He noted that in Watauga County, where Republicans had long dominated the board of commissioners, Democrats won several commissioner seats last year by waging an all-year campaign in which they telephoned voters, approached them in shopping centers, compiled lists of thousands of voters who shared their beliefs on issues and then got them to the polls. 'It can be done,' Meek said. 'But it means engaging voters one-on-one all year round. It means starting now.' "