SD 11

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Allen Wellons

While in the state Senate, Allen Wellons sponsored and voted for dozens of tax hikes on North Carolina families and small businesses, including a $1 billion income tax increase, the largest in state history. Wellons increased income taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, and business taxes.

68%
of voters were less likely to vote for Wellons after learning this information.

Allen Wellons supports the extreme, job-killing Green New Deal, which would amount to a socialist takeover of the economy, comes with a $94 trillion price tag, would increase the costs on the average North Carolina household by $74,000 in its first year alone, and eliminate over a million high-paying American jobs.

67%
of voters were less likely to vote for Wellons after learning this information. This was the top message for soft Republicans, persuadable Democrats, and men.

After information came out that former state legislator Duane Hall had inappropriately groped women while drunk, Allen Wellons still gave money to help re-elect Hall to the state legislature.

66%
of voters were less likely to vote for Wellons after learning this information. This message was particularly effective with women and minorities.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Fran, while nursing homes and hospitals were in desperate need of generators to keep their power on and save lives, former state Senator Allen Wellons used his political connections to get a generator to cure his tobacco crop. He was the only person in Johnston County to obtain a generator from the state.

64%
of voters were less likely to vote for Wellons after learning this information.

While in the state legislature, Allen Wellons voted to increase his own retirement benefits and double the length of time senators could serve in the General Assembly.

63%
of voters were less likely to vote for Wellons after learning this information.

While in the state Senate, Allen Wellons voted for a state budget that increased government spending by $1 billion, including spending $250,000 in taxpayer money to renovate a pirate ship.

63%
of voters were less likely to vote for Wellons after learning this information.

Allen Wellons is a trial lawyer who has defended wife abusers, drug dealers, drunk drivers, and a convicted murderer who shot a grocery store cashier in Johnston County.

61%
of voters were less likely to vote for Wellons after learning this information.

Allen Wellons gave convicted felon Mike Easley thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. Easley then appointed Wellons to North Carolina's Community College Board.

60%
of voters were less likely to vote for Wellons after learning this information. This was the top message for Unaffiliated voters.
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Lisa Barnes

Lisa Barnes has been focused on getting North Carolina's economy and businesses hit hard by the coronavirus the help they need. Barnes pushed through legislation that creates a $125 million small business loan plan that will save jobs and get people back to work.

76%
of voters were more likely to support Lisa Barnes after learning this information. This was the top message for Soft Republicans, Unaffiliated voters, men, and women.

In the state legislature, Lisa Barnes voted to give North Carolina's teachers a pay raise, the sixth year in a row of teacher pay raises, and average teacher salaries are now $54,000.

72%
of voters were more likely to support Lisa Barnes after learning this information. This was the second-most effective message for Unaffiliated voters.

Lisa Barnes is fighting to keep North Carolinians safe from the coronavirus, helping to pass legislation that spends $50 million on personal protective equipment for first responders and healthcare providers, $110 million on vaccine research, testing, and contact tracing, and over $140 million to go to help hospitals on the front lines.

72%
of voters were more likely to support Lisa Barnes after learning this information.

Lisa Barnes cut state income taxes and made the first $21,500 of every North Carolina family's income completely tax-free.

68%
of voters were more likely to support Lisa Barnes after learning this information.

Lisa Barnes sponsored the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill that protects newborns who survive botched abortions and increases penalties for infanticide.

64%
of voters were more likely to support Lisa Barnes after learning this information. This was the top message for persuadable Democratic voters.

Lisa Barnes and her family own and operate an agribusiness in eastern North Carolina. In the legislature, she will fight to protect farmers from frivolous lawsuits by trial lawyers trying to drive them out of business.

64%
of voters were more likely to support Lisa Barnes after learning this information.

Lisa Barnes and her family own and operate an agribusiness in eastern North Carolina that employs hundreds of workers. She knows what it takes to create jobs in our community.

61%
of voters were more likely to support Lisa Barnes after learning this information. This was tied for the top message for soft Republican voters.