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In a surprise vote Wednesday morning, Republicans in the North Carolina House moved to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget. The unexpected vote came with just over half of House members present. Of those, 12 were Democrats, and nine voted against the measure.

Dan Bishop, second from left, talks with supporters while waiting on election returns.
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Jim Blaine, Dan Bishop’s chief strategist, decided not to focus on Mecklenburg and Union counties - even though they are home to more than 60% of the voters in the 9th Congressional District.

The North Carolina legislative building is seen in Raleigh.
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The North Carolina House of Representatives unexpectedly voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state budget early Wednesday morning in what the governor called "an assault" on democracy.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles joined Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins Thursday, Dec. 13.
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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles beat four Democratic challengers with nearly 87% of the vote in Tuesday's partisan municipal primaries. The first-term mayor will face Republican and perennial candidate David Michael Rice in November.

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North Carolina’s seemingly endless 9th District congressional race is over.

Republican Dan Bishop won the special election last night by 2 percentage points over Democrat Dan McCready in a race that drew national attention as a possible preview to the 2020 election.

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In today's primary election, Charlotte voters decide who will be on the November ballot for mayor and City Council. View live election returns here.

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Voters headed to the polls today to decide who will represent North Carolina's 9th District in Congress. Bishop led by nearly 4,000 votes, according to preliminary results from the state Board of Elections.

Updated 7:36 p.m.

A second emergency meeting of the N.C. Board of Elections was held to consider exending voting hours at a precinct in Mint Hill. The motion was granted and Precinct 220 will remain open until 7:55 p.m.

The North Carolina legislative building is seen in Raleigh.
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RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican legislators are continuing to advance chunks of a spending plan vetoed by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper that they believe can win bipartisan support.

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Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Republican State Sen. Dan Bishop Monday, a day before the special election for the 9th Congressional District.

Ex-SC Gov. Mark Sanford To Challenge Trump In Primary

Sep 8, 2019
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, has decided to launch a longshot Republican challenge to President Donald Trump, saying Sunday that he aims to put his Appalachian trail travails behind him for good as he tries to navigate a path to the presidency.

Mecklenburg Board of Elections

When Republicans in the General Assembly redrew the 9th Congressional District two years ago, they counted on south Mecklenburg precincts delivering for the GOP.

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Voters will head to the polls on Sept. 10 to decide who will represent North Carolina's 9th District in Congress. For Charlotte voters, it's also the primary for the partisan City Council race. Here are a few quick things to know before you head to the polls.

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A three-judge panel in Raleigh on Tuesday unanimously ruled that North Carolina’s House and Senate maps were drawn to maximize Republicans' power and are unconstitutional.

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The long race for North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District is about to come to an end. Election Day is next Tuesday – and ahead of that we look at claims made against Democrat Dan McCready and his Republican opponent, Dan Bishop, in this Fact Check of North Carolina politics.

NC Judges Toss Districts Drawn For GOP Advantage

Sep 3, 2019
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RALEIGH — A North Carolina judicial panel rejected state legislative district maps Tuesday, saying legislators took extreme advantage in drawing voting districts to help elect a maximum number of Republican lawmakers. The judges gave lawmakers two weeks to try again.

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RALEIGH — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has responded to the Republican strategy of passing piecemeal legislation to unwind their budget impasse by signing four employee pay bills and vetoing one needed to stand up North Carolina's forthcoming Medicaid managed-care system.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned Thursday morning at Clinton College in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Biden said voters need to stand up to what he said are the "cruel" policies of the Trump administration.

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke campaigned before about 150 people last night at a brewery in Charlotte's University City.

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During an hourlong debate Wednesday night, Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop talked about his record of passing legislation in Raleigh. But his opponent, Democrat Dan McCready, did not counter by mentioning the piece of legislation Bishop is most known for nationally: His sponsorship of House Bill 2.

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With less than two weeks until the 9th Congressional District special election, Donald Trump Jr. and Fox News panelist Kimberly Guilfoyle made a campaign appearance Wednesday in Monroe on behalf of Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop.

JOSH STEIN

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has filed a lawsuit against a Charlotte appliance repair company owner for allegedly scamming a dozen local residents.

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President Donald Trump will be traveling to Fayetteville for a campaign rally on Sept. 9, one day before a special election to fill a congressional seat that has been vacant all year.

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Wall Street has been volatile due to the president’s escalating trade war with China, but Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis supports President Trump’s approach.

The North Carolina legislative building is seen in Raleigh.
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Updated 9:45 a.m.

North Carolina lawmakers have reached a compromise on a testing bill that promises to limit the time students spend taking tests. But it does so without eliminating the end-of-year exams that are used to grade schools.

Kamala Harris shook a lot of hands and took a lot of selfies when she was in Durham over the weekend. But while some people paid thousands of dollars to take a professional photo with the U.S. Senator and hopeful President, it was clear that her real friend is the new pastor of St. Joseph AME Church – the Rev. Jonathan Augustine.

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RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper will let a bipartisan health insurance measure become law without his signature.

North Carolina Allows Bar Code Ballots Despite Voter Outcry

Aug 25, 2019
People vote at Croft Community School in Charlotte in November 2018..
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RALEIGH — North Carolina election officials on Friday certified bar code ballots for use in elections starting next year despite an outcry that they can't be trusted by voters uncertain their choices are accurately counted.

NC Republicans Unveil Taxpayer Refund Bill

Aug 22, 2019
N.C. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

RALEIGH — North Carolina Republicans on Wednesday pitched broad refunds to everyone who pays state income tax, a proposal that would transfer most of last year's large revenue surplus and signals a new GOP tack in the summer budget stalemate with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed a bill that requires sheriffs to detain inmates on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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