GRNC Political Victory Fund Candidate Recommendations

2019 Special Congressional Elections


Grass Roots North Carolina is proud to release its "Remember in November" Candidate Evaluations for the US House District 3 and District 9 Special Election Primaries...

Unlike the candidate evaluations done by other gun rights organizations, GRNC prides itself on its "no compromise" approach. We don't make backroom deals, we don't alter ratings based on promises, and we don't sweep a candidate's prior actions under the rug. 

Also, watch for the Candidate Recommendations (analysis and suggestions for strategic voting), which will be out soon.
The guide below estimates where candidates stand on gun issues by comparing their views with those of a control group of gun owners. As noted below, a "4-STAR" candidate agrees with pro-gun voters on at least 90% of gun issues, a 3-STAR agrees on least 80%, a 2-STAR on at least 70%, a 1-STAR on at least 60%, and a 0-STAR candidate agrees on less than 60% of gun issues.
Getting Voter Information
Within the “Voting Options” menu on the NCSBE home page at you will find links to look up your one-stop voting site(s),election day polling place and provisional ballot. For early voting hours in your county, you may call your Board of Elections.

Register and Vote on the Same Day (Early Voting Only)
If you’re not yet registered to vote in your county, you may register at one-stop sites (early voting sites) during the early voting period. Upon completion of registration, the newly-registered voter can immediately vote at that same one-stop site. This process is known as same-day registration. CLICK HERE to read more.
Important Deadlines for Special Primary Elections
For the 3rd Congressional District Primary
April 10: One-stop Early voting begins (any early voting site in your county)
April 26: One-stop Early voting ends
April 30: Primary Election Day (6:30 AM to 7:30 PM – your Election Day polling place only)
For the 9th Congressional District Primary
April 25: One-stop Early voting begins (any early voting site in your county)
May 9: One-stop Early voting ends
May 14: Primary Election Day (6:30 AM to 7:30 PM – your Election Day polling place only)
Making Your Vote Count
  • Inform yourself: This guide presents only part of the picture.  
  • Vote early if possible at your county’s one-stop voting sites. (Locations, dates and times will vary. Click here to look up that information); or
  • Vote on Election Day at your designated polling place between 6:30 AM and 7:30 PM.
What Candidate Listings Mean
GRNC's "Remember in November" project estimates candidates' views on "assault weapons," concealed handguns, gun storage laws, gun rationing, other gun control and the Second Amendment.  THE EVALUATIONS HEREIN ARE NOT ENDORSEMENTS.  We issued surveys first to a control group of gun owners and then to candidates. Next, we measured how closely each candidate's views and voting record (if available) agree with the control group.  Pay more attention to voting records than survey results unless, of course, you believe politicians never lie.


Sample Listing:
Name Par/Dis Survey Vote Other  Eval
Smith  J R-15 95 92 95 ****




“PAR/DIS”: Candidate’s party and district. “D”=Democrat, “L”=Libertarian, “R”=Republican. Number is district number. Example: “J Smith,” above is a Republican from the 15th District.
"SURVEY": The percentages listed depict agreement between a given candidate and our control group (e.g. an "80" under the "Survey" section means 80% of the candidate's answers agreed with the Conservative Gun Owners).  “NR” means the candidate failed to return the survey.
"VOTE": Votes are more accurate than surveys and should be given more attention in determining candidate stance. Where available, this column indicates how often candidates' votes agree with the control group of gun owners (e.g. a "90" under "Voting Record" indicates candidate's voting record agrees 90% of the time with what was desired by control group).
"OTHER": Derived from evaluations by other gun groups, bill sponsorship, etc.
"STAR EVAL": The evaluation is not a rating. It estimates percentage of time candidate is expected to agree with the Conservative Gun Owners.  The maximum **** candidate tends to agree with conservative gun owners at least 90% of the time.
**** Expected to agree with conservative gun owners on at least 90% of gun issues
*** Expected to agree with conservative gun owners on at least 80% of gun issues
** Expected to agree with conservative gun owners on at least 70% of gun issues
* Expected to agree with conservative gun owners on at least 60% of gun issues
0 Expected to agree with conservative gun owners on less than 60% of gun issues or else candidate failed to return survey & insufficient information exists to make evaluation.  Is he or she hiding something?



GRNC-PVF Candidate Recommendations


3rd Congressional District: First, we wish to note that there are numerous solid Second Amendment candidates in the race, and it is difficult to pick one. The candidate we DO NOT recommend is NC House Representative Greg Murphy, who has repeatedly voted against the interests of gun owners. In this race, GRNC-PVF has no choice but to stick with a proven pro-gun candidate who has acted as primary sponsor for a number of pro-gun bills. Accordingly, GRNC-PVF recommends MICHAEL SPECIALE for Congress in the 3rd District.


9th Congressional District: Again, there are several pro-gun candidates but, unfortunately, the party “favorite,” NC Senator Dan Bishop, is not foremost among them. Former state senator Fern Shubert is indeed a friend of gun owners, but does not appear to be running an effective campaign. In this race, the standout candidate is Stony Rushing, who is a firing range owner, GRNC supporter and the pick of Mark Harris, the candidate who truly won this election but is not running in the re-vote. Accordingly, GRNC-PVF recommends STONY RUSHING for Congress in the 9th District.