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.

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Challenger Mark Harris defeated incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger by a margin of 814 votes.

Garry McFadden spoke to supporters in May, after winning the Democratic primary for Mecklenburg Sheriff.
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Updated Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Former CMPD homicide detective Garry McFadden has won the race to become Mecklenburg County's next sheriff, besting incumbent Irwin Carmichael and fellow challenger Antoine Ensley.  McFadden says he wants to build unity and trust, by reversing some of Carmichael's controversial policies.

Mujtaba Mohammed canvassed for votes on Tuesday.
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Mujtaba Mohammed upset incumbent Democrat Joel Ford in Tuesday’s primary for the 38th district seat in North Carolina’s State Senate, earning 51 percent of the vote in the primary.

Spencer Merriweather, right, is joined by his wife as he awaits results of the Mecklenburg District Attorney's Race.
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Mecklenburg County Democratic primary voters have overwhelmingly decided to keep District Attorney Spencer Merriweather in office. He defeated Democratic challenger Toussaint Romain, with nearly 78 percent of the vote.

Mark Harris for Congress

Republican Mark Harris has bested incumbent Robert Pittenger in the ninth congressional district, the most significant upset in races for federal office across North Carolina in Tuesday's primary.

On the whole, Republicans have outraised Democrats in North Carolina's 13 federal House races, but Democrats are still hoping to flip a few seats come November.

Fifteen days of early voting are over and Tuesday is primary day across North Carolina. Republican and Democratic candidates are seeking their parties' nominations for Congress, the state legislature and county offices.  WFAE's David Boraks talked with host Mark Rumsey for an overview of the primaries.

Mecklenburg County Democratic Party Chair Jane Whitley, left, and Mecklenburg Republican Chair Chris Turner.
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Party leaders in Mecklenburg County aren’t concerned about how polarizing national figures may affect party loyalty come the May 8th primaries.

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It's an off-year election in Mecklenburg County - with no big races on the ballot like president or governor. But among the races that are up for a vote, there appears to be more interest - at least judging by higher turnout in early voting. 

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Mark Harris has become a familiar name on the Republican ballot in North Carolina. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014, losing to Thom Tillis. Two years ago, he lost to Robert Pittenger in the primary race for the 9th district in Congress by just 134 votes.

This year, Harris is back for another shot at Pittenger. Both say the circumstances are different and in their favor for next week’s primary.

Duane Hall stands behind a large wooden desk on the second floor of his law office in downtown Raleigh. The Governor’s Mansion is visible out the window. That’s where Hall used to shoot baskets with his friend, Governor Roy Cooper, and where he proposed to his now fiancé last December. It doesn’t feel so close anymore. These days Representative Hall is, perhaps, the loneliest man in North Carolina politics.

Office of Congressman Pittenger

Congressman Robert Pittenger has introduced legislation to defund sanctuary cities and use that money to fund the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

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Early voting for the 2018 North Carolina primary elections will begin on April 19.

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Primaries are gearing up in North Carolina and the voter registrationf deadline is fast approaching. Here's what voters in Mecklenburg County need to know in preparation for the elections.

U.S. Rep. Alma Adams (D-Charlotte) formally kicked off her campaign for re-election Sunday and announced endorsements from local elected officials. 

Adams represents the 12th District, which includes an area from the Iredell County line south to south Charlotte. She's a former teacher and a state legislator now in her second term.

North Carolina Legislative building
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There is a simple, demographic fact in North Carolina politics: women are underrepresented in the General Assembly.

They make up 51.4 percent of the state's population. But hold just a quarter of the seats in North Carolina's House and Senate.

The candidate filing window for the 2018 election season is now open. So too are efforts to break a political glass ceiling.

Democrat Joyce Waddell (right) and other state legislators from Mecklenburg County were among the first to register Monday for as candidate filing opened for the 2018 elections.
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Ten incumbent state legislators from the Charlotte area were among the first to file Monday as candidates began signing up for the 2018 election. Other races on the ballot this year include Congress, district attorney, county commission and other county positions.

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