Election 2018

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WFAE's coverage of the key races, issues and candidates that North Carolinians voted on in the midterm election. From congressional races and the so-called “Blue Wave,” to the six ballot amendments and Charlotte bonds, you can find our stories here.

Democratic candidates for the North Carolina House and Senate speak at a fundraiser at Free Range Brewing in NoDa.
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If North Carolina Democrats win either four state House seats or six Senate seats, they break the Republicans “super majority” in the General Assembly.

Republican N.C. House member Andy Dulin faces a DUI charge in Ohio.
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Some local Republican candidates will skip upcoming forums co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, saying the organization is biased against the GOP.

In a sign that America's two centuries-old democracy is under strain, nearly 2 in 5 American voters do not believe elections are fair, according to a new NPR/Marist poll. Nearly half of respondents lack faith that votes will be counted accurately in the upcoming midterm elections.

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The North Carolina Board of Elections 9-0 vote last week to fight a wide-ranging subpoena from the U.S. Justice Department was a rare moment of bipartisanship in the state, with Republicans saying the federal government overreached in an apparent effort to fight voter fraud.

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North Carolina has been given a three-month extension by the U.S. Justice Department to produce millions of documents and ballots from past elections.

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County Boards of Elections across the state of North Carolina are waiting on the content of absentee ballots meant to be ready three weeks ago. The delay comes after two proposed constitutional amendments were caught up in court, but Tuesday the North Carolina Supreme court declined a hearing on those amendments. 

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It appears at least four proposed amendments to the North Carolina Constitution will be on fall ballots now that the state Supreme Court has rejected a civil rights group's request to block questions on voter identification and income taxes.

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Myers Park is Dan McCready's home neighborhood, and his blue yard signs are a common sight on its front lawns. But after a dramatic ruling Monday by a three-judge panel that found the state's Congressional map unconstitutional, North Carolina's fall election schedule could be overturned. 

State Board of Elections Halts Ballot Preparation

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The North Carolina Board of Elections said Wednesday it has stopped work on preparing ballots for the Nov. 6 general election after back-to-back judicial rulings this week questioned whether the election can proceed as planned.

The North Carolina 9th Congressional District is seen here in green.
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For decades a Republican stronghold, North Carolina's Ninth Congressional District is in play this year. The district, which stretches from the affluent neighborhoods of southeast Charlotte's "wedge" across rural counties that reach east of Fayetteville over 140 miles away, supported President Trump by almost 12 points in 2016. But Democrat Dan McCready is garnering national attention as the candidate with a chance to end the district's streak of Republican control.  

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North Carolina’s five living former governors will hold a press conference in Raleigh Monday to send a bipartisan message against two of the proposed amendments to the state constitution that will be on the ballot this fall.  

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Former President Obama announced his endorsement Wednesday of six candidates vying for General Assembly seats in the midterm elections.

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A national Democratic group is spending more money in the 9th Congressional District election, hoping Democrats can wrest the seat from Republicans this November. 

Mike Davis didn't think Donald Trump could get elected.

Davis is the kind of Republican who backed Ohio governor John Kasich in the 2016 primaries, the kind of Republican who subscribes to the Wall Street Journal. Davis, 64, is the former mayor of Dunwoody, Ga., a small city in the state's 6th Congressional District, one of the most highly-educated districts in the country.

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The North Carolina House is expected to take up two overrides of Governor Roy Cooper's vetoes today.

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The Trump administration is catching heat from both Republicans and Democrats in North Carolina who say the government should not be separating migrant children from their families at the border.

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The U.S. Supreme Court issued rulings Monday in two gerrymandering cases, from Wisconsin and Maryland, that are being closely watched in North Carolina. But the rulings don't touch on the key issue, whether it's legal to redraw districts to give an unfair advantage to a political party.

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Latino voter turnout in Mecklenburg County spiked during the May primary, according to elections data. Experts and organizations are attributing the increase to the Sheriff's race and local immigration policies. Now, election observers are wondering if the momentum will continue into the general election.

North Carolina legislators have taken another step toward redrawing judicial election districts, although the changes would only apply in Mecklenburg County.  A Senate elections committee Tuesday voted to create eight identical election districts for the county’s superior and district court seats.  Voters in each district ultimately would elect one Superior Court judge and two or three District Court judges.   

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Ninth district Congressman Robert Pittenger wants an apology from Mark Harris before endorsing him in the general election.

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