“The poll, commissioned by The News & Observer and WRAL-TV, asked 600 likely voters in Durham County whom they would vote for in the district attorney's race. Of those polled, 46 percent said they would vote for Nifong. The incumbent's total far exceeded the 28 percent of respondents who said they would vote for county Commissioner Lewis Cheek. Two percent of those polled said they planned to vote for write-in candidate Steve Monks.”“The poll, conducted between Oct. 16 and Oct. 19, found that 24 percent of those surveyed remained undecided, enough to change the outcome of the election, the most heated district attorney's race Durham has seen in years. The debate in a county that sees more than 50,000 new criminal cases every year has been almost entirely about charges leveled against three Duke University lacrosse players accused of raping an escort service dancer at a March party.”“The poll, conducted by Research 2000 of Rockville, Md., has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.”
“There has been a curious notion floating around that Steve Monks cannot win this election. Of course he can win. And with the support of the countless Democratic and unaffiliated voters in Durham County … and with the support of the nearly 27,000 registered Republicans in the county who have elected Steve their party's chairman, Steve will win.”
"These undecided people, they know who Lewis Cheek is. They're not undecided over whether they're going to vote for Lewis Cheek or not," Monks said. "They want to vote for someone who is going to serve. Their obvious frustration is, either it's Mike [Nifong] or is Monks a viable candidate?"
“As to my ever having been in the same room with Mike Nifong, I've never even seen the man in real life, but you can be sure that were I to find myself in the same room with him, I'd be out the door faster than you can say “utter illusion”, which is just what Lewis Cheek's candidacy is relative to best protecting the interests of the defendants in this case.”“You may want to take a look at my post at Durham-in-Wonderland for my response to what’s been passing as thought on the issues here generally.”“That game’s over; the people of Durham are waking up from their long slumber induced by the stupefying drumbeat of the Anybody But Nifong crowd who got the first part of the solution right—getting Nifong out of office—but seem to have somehow overlooked entirely the second, which is, of course, ensuring that whoever replaces Nifong will restore real fairness to this case. With thinking as poor as theirs has been to date, it’s a wonder to me that anybody actually takes them seriously anymore.” [Bold has been added, the arrogance remains as originally spewed]
“2 %, Mr. Barndt? 2 %? Is that how many people take Mr. Monks seriously?”“2% is less than the margin for error!!! 2%, Cliff! Monks can only help the Fong. The question is – is that the plan?”“Your Perot-vian fantasy is over. Even Nader can do better than 2%, which is within the margin of error for the poll.”
“Cliff Brandt apparently left a comment at Durham in Wonderland:Horrifying - 8:47 PM post. I wonder if he has the guts and integrity to answer his critics.”
“I’ve got more guts and integrity in one-tenth of my smallest fingernail right after I've clipped it tight than you’ve got in your entire body, hiding behind an anonymous posting and questioning another man’s guts and integrity. As to my response, you’ll find it here: A Response to the Sort of Drivel That's Been Passing for Thought These Days.”At 3:04am, Brandt returned to make certain we were included in his condescension and ire."My thoughts on this blog's "analysis" of my recent editorial, "Defeating Nifong - Where Does Our Real Victory Lie?", as well as on related matters, can be found at KC Johnson's exponentially more honest blog, Durham-in-Wonderland, specifically at If You Can't Figure Out the Headline, It's Time to Stop Blogging and Head Back to High School (see 2:11 AM, today)."
"Gosh, and I thought someone clever enough to start a blog and call it Liestoppers, when—for all the distortions of the truth it contains among some occasionally decent analysis—it could just as well be called Liestarters, would be bright enough to deduce just from the headline of my editorial alone, "Defeating Nifong - Where Does Our Real Victory Lie", that it concerns itself with how best to defeat Nifong. Apparently not though, although all but a few got it right away."
“As to the Monks’ campaign, we’re astute enough to realize that trying to convince folks so impervious to reality that they’re still supporting Nifong to wake up to reality and support someone else is an utterly lost cause.”
“Now admittedly that issue is a tad more complex than who’s not Nifong, but the vast majority of folks in Durham County are smart enough to figure it out. Wish I could same for some of the bloggers (no offense intended to KC, who I do respect) and their ardent, if utterly thoughtless, supporters, a group whose ranks are thankfully diminishing with every passing day.”
“This ain’t rocket science, I promise. Although I suppose to folks who think that the truth is deceit (2:39 PM among them), it may be just too much to manage. But, hey, that’s OK, there’s a place in this world for folks like you too and Lewis wants your vote.”
“Mr. Brandt. You don't need to know rocket science. Try simple math. Only 2% of Durham county voters plant to vote for Mr. Monks. Mr. Brandt, this is the real truth.”
"Durham voters can cast their ballots for a spoiler write-in candidate, and thus ensure Nifong’s re-election. It's hard to win, at any time, for a write-in candidate. But there's little evidence that Monks backers, while sincere, have the organization necessary; and I'm unaware of any instance in American political history in the last 20 years where a candidate polling 2% two weeks out has won the election. There should be no doubt, especially for Duke students: for those interested in justice for the three students targeted by Nifong, given the dynamics of this race as they now stand, a vote for Monks is the equivalent of a vote for Nifong." Surveying the Poll Results [KC Johnson]
"Nifong, who has been highly criticized for his handling of the affair, has tried to emphasize his long career beyond the single case. He said Tuesday that the intense focus on the lacrosse case has come from a small but vocal group, many of whom will not be voting Nov. 7."
"The people that are likely to have that kind of strong feeling about the lacrosse case and who believe it is the only thing that is truly of importance are not likely to be Durham residents," Nifong said. "I think I really have never thought that a DA's race for the vast majority of the electorate would be a single issue."
"Jackie Brown, Nifong's former campaign manager and one of the four organizers who helped get Cheek on the ballot, said the poll results could help change the election."
"Hopefully, this poll will be a wake-up call to the undecideds. I think it will energize some of the folks who would otherwise stay at home -- otherwise they're going to have four more years of Mike Nifong.""I think a good portion of those undecided voters are probably undecided between Monks and Cheek," said Beth Brewer, spokeswoman for the Committee to Recall Nifong-Vote Cheek."