As for elections in my lifetime I have only been here for 5 of them: 96, 00, 04, 08, and 12.
96 I remember very little about because I was only 3 then. I remember nothing about
the state and senate races but rememeber somewhat about the President race. I seen
the Simpsons halloween special and they did the skit about the aliens kidnapping
and cloning Dole and Clinton. One of their better bits and it just stood out. I
remember asking my folks who they were and that was the first time I recollect that I knew who the President was.
2000 I remember a little more but I mostly didn't watch the news. I did watch election night on channel 12 with Brokaw and Russert and remember seeing the computer map lighting up and Tim's whiteboard. I was 7 then. I remember pulling for Dubya due to my folks supporting him. My dad didn't like Gore due to his wimpyness.
2004 was the first race I kept track with. I remember being worried that Kerry would win due to picking Edwards but my folks were like "He won't win, don't worry about it." Kerry was terrible. He was bland, boring, preppy, and aloof. He was the second coming of Michael Dukakis but about as worse. We always called him Herman Munster because he was a dead ringer for him. I knew Bush would win but we were all suprised on how close it was. A lot of that's due to the liberals and the Dems starting their machine up which owned in 08. This was also the start of the Reps's
machine not handling their base well.
As for the senate race I liked Burr and found Bowles as wimpy as Gore was. House I liked Harrell over Foxx, and Governor I supported Easley. We voted at my middle school and I voted for all of them. Bush and Burr won but Ballentine beat Easly and Foxx won. I just didn't like her that year for some reason.
2008 was when I truely got the politcal bug and have been an addict ever since. It started after Russert died, I like to think I got a trace of his spirit in me somewhere
I really got into it around August and when I tore my knee up and my season ended I focused equally on Football and politics. I wasn't crazy aout obama so I supported McCain. I supported Republican all around.
In hindsight I still would have voted for McCain and McCrory but I would have went with Hagan and Carter for the house. Especially since I knew he was North Surry's coach for a year, I didn't then.
2012 was the first time I voted. I ended up going with Obama as I felt he was doing alright and a vote for Romney would be a major regression. Romney felt too cliche of a canidate for me. He was everything a coinservative republican wants but he just wansn't right for it. He wasn't that sucessful as a Governor either. Plus I just got that bad vibe and that matters to me.Governor wise I voted for McCrory, House for Coble.
I guess I'd say 2008 was the most important of my lifetime due to what we had on the line. 2000 was epic due to the mess.