As the hurricane scraped the coastline on its way toward the state, at least one campaign manager pulled signs for his candidate out of the ground on Thursday before they could blow away — or worse, become dangerous airborne missiles.
Residents of the eastern
"If there's any kind of significant damage ... the minds of people are going to be on something besides voting," said
Murphy, a Republican, and Democratic challenger
Early in-person voting in the district was supposed to continue through Friday, but the district's 17 counties had shuttered voting sites or planned to do so Friday. Murphy and Thomas decided to postpone campaigning until the storm is gone.
"There are more important things going on," Thomas campaign manager
With no promise that state election officials would extend early voting into the weekend, the campaigns were shifting their get-out-the-vote message to
The campaign faced obstacles even before Dorian came along: The candidates have struggled to attract attention in the shadow of the closely contested — and watched —
In contrast, both super PAC and independent spending in the
"All races are structural, and in the 3rd the
After the primary runoff, Murphy, a urologist and state legislator, appeared on stage briefly at a Trump rally in
"He says things that I would never say ... (but) I also think some people overreact to perceived slights," Hardee said.
At the rally, Trump offended some when he verbally attacked Democratic Rep.
Thomas, a former
In a recent interview, Murphy said he didn't appreciate Trump's profanity and didn't hear the "Send her back!" chants from his seat inside the arena. He refrained from criticizing the crowd, however, saying its response "represents frustration with certain members of
Thomas has criticized Murphy for what he calls the candidate's blind loyalty to the president.
Murphy dismisses such criticism and has been highlighting his work as a surgeon, medical missionary and lawmaker. "I think I'm a proven commodity," he said.
Thomas has had to defend his brief time leading a state-run airport and industrial park after a critical state audit. He has been promoting the local jobs and investments he brought in through the park and as mayor.
Thomas' campaign fundraising has been competitive with Murphy's, and both are running local TV ads.