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Tom Steyer, the billionaire hedge fund investor and environmental activist who staked his campaign on a strong finish in South Carolina, suspended his presidential campaign on Saturday.

Steyer aggressively courted the black vote in the state, with a focus on racial and economic justice but had a disappointing finish. Former Vice President Joe Biden was projected to win the state.

South Carolina's Democratic presidential primary is Saturday. Six candidates are on the ballot in the state, they include Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren. 

Polls close in South Carolina at 7 p.m. Watch the results come in here. 

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Democratic presidential candidates are back campaigning in North Carolina as early in-person voting ends in the state for the Super Tuesday primary.

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The Democratic presidential primary candidates are competing in South Carolina on Saturday, hoping to win over voters in the fourth contest of 2020. Follow NPR's live coverage of the primary, including results and analysis. 

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President Trump has faced scant opposition in the Republican primaries, but he is campaigning all the same. As Democrats hold their contested primaries, the president often turns up.

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When primary voters go to the polls in South Carolina on Saturday, they'll be the first in the nation to use all-new voting equipment. It's one of about a dozen states replacing all or most of their voting machines this year, in part because of security concerns after Russian interference in the 2016 election.

South Carolina officials are eager to emphasize the reliability of their state's equipment following the Iowa caucuses debacle, where a flawed app delayed the reporting of accurate results for weeks.

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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles announced her endorsement of Michael Bloomberg as the Democratic presidential candidate for 2020 about two weeks ago -- and immediately began facing some backlash. One of the surprising voices to come out against the support was Lyles' own daughter, Aisha Alexander.

Extraordinary North Carolina Court Review On Voter ID Sought

Feb 26, 2020
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RALEIGH — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders want the state’s entire Court of Appeals to hear arguments on a ruling by three of the court’s judges that set another barrier to implement voter photo identification.

Cooper, Forest Need Primary Wins Before Governor's Showdown

Feb 26, 2020

RALEIGH — North Carolina's Democratic governor will have to defend his seat against the highest ranking Republican official elected statewide in this fall's general election if each wins his respective party primary next week.

More than 1 million North Carolina residents have registered, or re-registered, to vote since the 2016 election. A lot of the new voters are young - and are more than twice as likely to identify as Latinx or Asian than in previous elections.

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NPR is repeatedly visiting several cities which will play a big role in the 2020 presidential election. First stop: Charlotte to see where voters are on the issues and on the candidates.

You don't need an ID to vote in the North Carolina primaries. That's because a federal court put a state law on hold until a case challenging voter ID can be heard. Last week, a state appeals court blocked it indefinitely. In his response to the federal ruling in December, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore described the law as "one of the nation's most lenient voter ID laws."

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RALEIGH — Plaintiffs challenging the constitutionality of a legislative session Republicans quickly called in 2016 to limit the power of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper before he could take office now want the state's highest court to hear their case.

Populism Vs. Pragmatism Underpins NC Senate Primary

Feb 23, 2020
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DURHAM — Democratic voters seeking to take back a U.S. Senate seat in closely divided North Carolina must choose whether liberal populism or centrist pragmatism is best suited to unseat Republican incumbent Thom Tillis, a devotee of President Donald Trump.

Analysis: New Mecklenburg Voting Equipment Ready For Super Tuesday

Feb 22, 2020
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Elections are unpredictable. Election administration does not have to be.

For example, the Bipartisan Policy Center and MIT have jointly conducted research on polling-place lines in the 2016 and 2018 elections.

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The GOP’s Senate Leadership Fund admitted Friday to meddling in North Carolina’s Democratic Senate primary and said it “stole a page out of Chuck Schumer’s playbook.”

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North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey testified Thursday for a second day in the bribery trial of Durham businessman Greg Lindberg and two associates. Jurors heard secret recordings Causey made while cooperating with the FBI.

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North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey testified Wednesday in federal court in Charlotte that he was so uncomfortable with political contributions from Durham insurance magnate Greg Lindberg that he went to the U.S. Attorney’s office in 2017, and agreed to make audio and video recordings of conversations he had with Lindberg and his two associates, John Grey and John Palermo.

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Updated 5:53 p.m.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey testified Wednesday in the political bribery trial of businessman Greg Lindberg. Lindberg and two of his associates are accused of trying to funnel $2 million to Causey in exchange for removing a senior deputy in his office who was part of the regulation of Lindberg's insurance companies.

WFAE's Steve Harrison has been at the federal courthouse in Charlotte to hear testimony and opening statements. He joined All Things Considered host Gwendolyn Glenn and WFAE's Nick de la Canal for an upate.

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