Help track candidate promises throughout the gubernatorial campaign

Posted March 22, 2016

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper are running for governor in 2016.

— ​​When candidates are on the campaign trail, they make a lot of promises.

But do they keep them?

That was the idea behind the project we started in 2012 to track whether Gov. Pat McCrory followed through with what he promised when he was on the stump. Our "Promise Tracker" project was modeled on a similar, although much larger, effort by Politifact to keep track of whether President Barack Obama stuck to his campaign pledges.

As we noted in January, McCrory has largely come through on the campaign pledges we were tracking, with a few notable exceptions.

McCrory, a Republican, is now running for re-election against Democrat Roy Cooper, the state's current attorney general, which means it's time to build a new Promise Tracker.

That's where you come in.

If you hear or see a promise by one of the candidates that you think they should be held to, let us know.

A "promise" should be a discrete pledge by a candidate for office to carry out a specific action. For example, a pledge to be "be accessible to the people" would be difficult to quantify. However, a pledge to "visit every county in the state" would be a promise we could score.

After the election, we'll use your suggestions to help create a list of pledges made by the winning candidate in order to build our new tracker. We'll then keep track of whether the winner lives up the standards he set for himself.

If you are reading this on the WRAL mobile app or would prefer a full-screen version of the survey, please click here. Desktop and tablet users can fill out the same form, which is embedded below.


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