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Aimy Steele on the New North Carolina Project and a look at North Carolina's unaffiliated voters

Aimy Steele
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Aimy Steele

In this episode, we’re joined by Aimy Steele, founder and executive director of the New North Carolina Project. If you haven’t heard of it, you’ve probably heard of who motivated it.

That’s Georgia’s Stacy Abrams, whose efforts with the group New Georgia Project are largely credited with turning Georgia blue in 2020.

The New North Carolina Project hopes to have similar success.

We’ll also talk about the rise of unaffiliated voters with Chris Cooper, a political scientist at Western Carolina University.

Unaffiliated voters recently became the largest voting bloc in North Carolina. They outnumber Democrats by nearly 20,000 voters, and Republicans by about 320,000.

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Steve Harrison is WFAE's politics and government reporter. Prior to joining WFAE, Steve worked at the Charlotte Observer, where he started on the business desk, then covered politics extensively as the Observer’s lead city government reporter. Steve also spent 10 years with the Miami Herald. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Sporting News and Sports Illustrated.
Tim Funk is one of the hosts of the "Inside Politics: Election 2022 podcast." He spent most of his 40-year journalism career at The Charlotte Observer, covering politics in its Raleigh bureau and, later, as its Washington correspondent. His other Observer beats over the years included race and immigration, TV and radio, and faith & values.
Jim Morrill is a native of the Chicago area who's worked in the Carolinas since 1979. He covered politics and government for the Charlotte Observer for almost 40 years. He's won several press awards and in 1999 was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He's taught about NC politics at UNC-Charlotte and Davidson College.