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Politics Monday: As The Finish Line Nears, Election Could Hinge On North Carolina

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Erin Keever

What a long, strange trip it’s been, this 2020 election. And where it ends up could depend on what North Carolina voters have to say.

That’s not lost on Donald Trump, who is scheduled to be back in the state Sunday for the ninth time since he came to Charlotte in August to be renominated. He's trying to wring out a few more votes in a state that’s seen as a must-win for him.

But polls here continue to be encouraging for Joe Biden, whose running mate, Kamala Harris, is also scheduled to be in North Carolina on Sunday.

What’s less encouraging for Democrats is North Carolina’s Senate race. Republican incumbent Thom Tillis is making up ground late in the campaign after skeletons emerged from Cal Cunningham’s closet. The outcome of that contest, and the surprisingly competitive Senate race in South Carolina, will have national implications.


Josh Putnam, political scientist in Wilmington, publishes the Frontloading HQ website on presidential elections (@FHQ)

Jessica Taylor, The Cook Political Report, Senate and governors editor (@JessicaTaylor)

A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016, but has been listening to WFAE since discovering the station as a high schooler.