RALEIGH - For the average citizen, the 2008 elections are a long way off. The first caucuses and primaries aren’t until January. North Carolinians don’t vote until May, 11 months from now.
But for people involved in politics, those votes are right around the corner. Campaigns are up and running. Candidates are meeting key political organizers, hiring staff, raising money and retaining consultants. A lot of organization goes into a campaign well before the TV ads air.
That’s why some pundits are serious when they say that it is already too late for former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson to join the presidential race and that Democrats, without a declared candidate by now, won’t beat U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole in 2008.