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

Mark Harris for Congress

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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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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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.

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