Election 2014

Democrats will keep a 6 to 3 majority on the Mecklenburg County Commission. 


Tillis Wins, Meck Sales Tax Hike Loses Big

Nov 4, 2014
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The State Board of Elections says it may order a recount of the Supreme Court race between Cheri Beasley and Mike Robinson. The margin between Beasley and Robinson is just over 5,000 votes. State law allows for an automatic right to a recount in statewide races when the margin is under 0.5 percent or 10,000 votes, whichever is lower. Robinson will have to submit a written demand to the State Board before noon on November 18 if he wants a recount. 

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On Tuesday, the polls will open, ballots will be cast and the victors of the 2014 midterm elections will be known...we hope.

Historically, the turnout in midterm elections is low. Whichever candidate or party can best mobilize their base is the victor.  It’s what’s known as the ground game. And there is a science behind the strategy.

Don’t let the calm nature of Bruce Epperson fool you. The 42-year-old is on a hunt. "I’m on Danview Avenue, 2800 block."

From the 2014 ballot

There’s an odd thing about this year’s election ballot: In all four races for North Carolina’s Supreme Court, a known conservative candidate is listed first. Their liberal counterparts, second.

The races are officially non-partisan but that name placement may give a significant boost to those at the top.

The two major-party U.S. Senate candidates in North Carolina are traveling the state this weekend trying to energize their allies with speeches and visits from out-of-state politicians. The campaigns of Republican Thom Tillis and incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan also are raising a ton of money. With help from wealthy donors and outside groups, more than $100 million now has been spent on the North Carolina Senate race, the Charlotte Observer reports.

The director of a conservative political group is blaming administrative errors for mistakes in voter registration forms the organization mailed in recent weeks.  Donald Bryson is North Carolina's director of Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which mailed the forms. He said in a statement the forms had "minor administrative errors" and old information. 

Courtesy of Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis

After some $30 million spent attacking each other’s political records, Senator Kay Hagan and House Speaker Thom Tillis appeared together last night for their first live debate.


NC State Republican Party

Jun 19, 2014

After a century in the minority, the North Carolina Republican party seized power in 2010.  Since then, the party has been busy establishing a brand and advancing their agenda. With a Republican governor and resources from national groups, we'll talk with a leader of the state party about the midterm elections and their hopes for the state.

Campaign finance records show $1.3 million were spent on North Carolina’s sole Supreme Court primary this year.  It’s a dubious state record that raises concerns over the impartiality of justices relying on big dollar donations to keep their seats.

By now you may have heard Thom Tillis is running for U.S. Senate. With the short legislative session beginning in Raleigh today, he also returns to his political day job, Speaker of the House. This sets up an interesting ethical question.

It’s House Speaker Thom Tillis versus incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan in the general election. Tillis cruised to victory in the Republican primary, winning about 45 percent of the vote in the 8-person race. Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer joined us to talk about this race and other observations from the primary results.


Adams Wins 12th District Democratic Primary

May 7, 2014
Duncan McFadyen

State Representative Alma Adams of Greensboro won her party's nomination for the 12th Congressional District seat. She carried 43 percent of the vote, which put her above the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff in the crowded Democratic primary.

The atmosphere was jubilant last night as dozens of supporters waited for Adams to arrive at a Greensboro restaurant.

At just after 9 o'clock, she walked in, smiling broadly.

The North Carolina Bar Association has condemned an ad that attacks state Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson in her re-election campaign. The 30-second spot claims Hudson “sided with child molesters” in a case that involved GPS tracking devices. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen looks at that ad and the group behind it.

New polls show Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis pulling ahead in the crowded Republican primary election and near the threshold to avoid a runoff election in June

Duncan McFadyen

Early voting began Thursday in North Carolina, and this week we’ve seen numerous debates as candidates push to get their message out to voters. Wednesday night’s debate at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte had the most complete panel of candidates of any so far for the 12th Congressional District.

  

Michael Tomsic

Four Republican U.S. Senate candidates gave their views on limited government, Obamacare and even a little college basketball Tuesday night at Davidson College. It was the first live televised debate in the race


NC/SC Midterm Election Update

Apr 23, 2014
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The midterm election season is in full swing and we’ll check in with several of our political experts to learn more about the candidates, the races to watch and what to expect. Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan are waging intense campaigns, and with a lot of money from out of the state. Dan Clodfelter’s move to become Charlotte’s mayor has created an opening in the state senate. The GOP senate candidates debate this week and new legislative maps will have a big influence on the midterm elections. We’ll get up to speed on everything to know before the May Primary vote and beyond.

Money Pouring In As Senate Primary Approaches

Apr 17, 2014
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North Carolina hosts one of the most watched electoral races in the country this year, as first-term Democratic Senator Kay Hagan is up for reelection. Who will win is already a toss-up, in a year where Republicans and Democrats are battling for control of the Senate. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt to discuss the race.

Seven Democrats, Two Republicans Running For Watt's 12th District Congressional Seat

Apr 9, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

It’s an unusual year for the 12th Congressional district race. For the first time in two decades, it’s an open seat.  Charlotte Democrat Mel Watt represented the district from 1993 until he resigned in January to take over as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Watt’s departure has created a lot of interest among Democrats. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen and Tasnim Shamma talk to Morning Edition Host Kevin Kniestedt about the race.


Twelfth District Candidates Talk Education

Apr 4, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

Four Democrats and one Republican running to represent North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District met Thursday night at the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church for a panel hosted by the John S. Leary Association of Black Attorneys.

The theme of the night: how to improve the state and country's educational system.


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