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The Young Democrats haven’t been this hot in North Carolina for 30 years.

Long ago, being in the YDs was a logical step into politics. Both Terry Sanford and Jim Hunt were state YD presidents – and used the office as stepping stones.

But, with the decline of grassroots politics, the importance of the YDs declined over the decades.

Not this year, thanks to the presidential primary. The YD convention had a plethora of big names – Chelsea Clinton, James Carville, Cory Booker, even John Edwards. Edwards probably never went to a Young Democrats meeting when he actually was a young Democrat.

It just goes to show the value of North Carolina being in play in the nominating process.

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