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June 21, 2014 | 11:05 AM As stated in part 1, the political loyalty of a voter to a party is shown in the public records of the Board of Elections by two things, how often he votes in his party primary and his political contributions. Since often a spouse is who actually writes a check, spouse contributions also matter.
The third candidate is Frankie Waters, who first registered in the county in 1982. Up through and including the 2012 election, Waters always voted in the Democratic primaries and runoffs, and was a very consistent Democrat primary voter. Sometime between the 2012 election and 2014, he switched to Republican and first voted in the GOP primary in 2014.
Waters has made two partisan political contributions, to Democrat candidate for Governor Mike Easley in 2000, and this year to Republican Bill Cook. His wife made a political contribution this year to Democrat legislator Paul Tine.
Waters history reflects that he was an active Democrat until very recently. Is he really a Republican now?