Jason Husser offers insights into N.C. primary election for WXII report

Husser, associate professor of political science and director of the Elon University Poll, spoke with reporter Rachel Ellis about how voters can inform themselves.

A WXII report as N.C. voters headed to the polls for the state’s primary election on Tuesday included insights from Associate Professor of Political Science Jason Husser, the director of the Elon University Poll.

Jason Husser, associate professor of political science and policy studies and director of the Elon Poll

Voters will be narrowing the fields in more than 170 races for the state legislature as well as those for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, with Husser sharing that turnout for primary elections is typically difficult to predict. With turnout traditionally lower than in the general election, those voters who do turn out can sometimes have more of a say in which candidates continue on into the election in November.

This year in North Carolina, voters may face an additional challenge in adapting to a new legislative district, with Tuesday’s election including many newly drawn districts and delayed because of the redistricting process. Husser urged voters to take time to do their research before heading to the polls.

“Some of the districts now around the Winston-Salem area have moved entire parts of the state,” Husser told reporter Rachel Ellis for the report. “So for instance, North Carolina Senate District 36 is probably going to be a competitive race on the Republican side. There are two former members of the General Assembly and one current member is running.”

Watch or read the entire report here.