2020 Presidential Election

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President Donald Trump is running for reelection in 2020, and several Democrats are vying for their party's nomination to face him. As of Feb. 26, 19 Democratic candidates had dropped out of the race and eight remained. They are: U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren; U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard; former Vice President Joe Biden; former (New York and South Bend, Indiana) Mayors Mike Bloomberg and Pete Buttigieg; and billionaire executive Tom Steyer.  

The general election is Nov. 3. South Carolina's presidential primary for Democrats is Feb. 29, and North Carolinas primaries are March 3. North Carolina is expected to be a presidential battleground state, and Charlotte is the host city for the 2020 Republican National Convention. 

President Trump is betting that his political brand will help Republicans keep hold of a U.S. House seat in North Carolina during a special election Tuesday.

"To stop the far left, you must vote in tomorrow's special election," Trump said at a campaign rally in Fayetteville, N.C., on Monday night. The rally was held for the Republican candidate running in the 9th Congressional District, state Sen. Dan Bishop.

Bishop promised the crowd, mostly decked out in Make America Great Again hats, that he would "defend your values in Washington, D.C."

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.

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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.

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.

The headlines about presidential candidate Joe Biden's new health care plan called it "a nod to the past" and "Affordable Care Act 2.0." That mostly refers to the fact that the former vice president has specifically repudiated many of his Democratic rivals' calls for a "Medicare for All" system, and instead sought to build his plan on the ACA's framework.

Former SC Governor, Congressman Sanford Mulls 2020 Bid

Jul 17, 2019
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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, floated the possibility on Tuesday that he would mount an uphill challenge to President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.

Iowa, Nevada To Launch Caucus Voting By Phone For 2020

Jul 9, 2019
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DES MOINES, Iowa — Democrats in the early presidential contest states of Iowa and Nevada will be able to cast their votes over the telephone instead of showing up at their states' traditional neighborhood caucus meetings next February, according to plans unveiled by the state parties.

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President Donald Trump will be holding a campaign rally in North Carolina on July 17 — the day that former special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to testify before Congress.

Buttigieg's High College Debt Draws Attention To The Issue

Jun 9, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg knows firsthand the burden of six-figure student loan debt. He and his husband, Chasten, are far from alone, though, and their personal college indebtedness is helping to keep the issue on the national stage.

With loans totaling more than $130,000, they are among the 43 million people in the United States who owe federal student loan debt.

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Bernie Sanders' stump speech at Central Piedmont Community College Friday evening touched on familiar themes of his campaign: Income inequality. Medicare For All. Getting corporate money out of politics.

2020 Campaign Trail Runs Through SC Churches

Apr 20, 2019

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — By now, most Democratic presidential candidates have polished their stump speeches. But when they're in South Carolina, they may need to add in a sermon.

Sen. Cory Booker talks about politics in grand, even spiritual terms.

Speaking to NPR about his run for the presidency, the New Jersey Democrat used phrases like "coalitions of conscience," "sacred honor" and "courageous empathy."

But those hopeful ideas pose a major challenge for Booker: how to translate his aggressively optimistic view of American democracy into any sort of policy action, especially with such gaping differences between the two parties on a wide range of policy areas.

The Democratic presidential field started out as the most diverse ever, and the largest in at least 40 years. It's since winnowed down to one: former Vice President Joe Biden.

Below are also the candidates who have dropped out of the primary:

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