Election 2020

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential contenders celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy at a Baptist church Monday and linked arms with each other and civil rights leaders in a march of tens of thousands to the Statehouse.

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Monday, Jan. 20, 2020

One year from today, someone will be taking the presidential oath of office. Who that someone is depends on the outcome in the Electoral College - the controversial, but constitutional mechanism of selecting the president.

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Democrats have seen a sharp drop in voter registration in North Carolina's seven westernmost counties over the past four years.  Republicans have seen a similar increase during the same timeframe, as well as those registering as unaffiliated in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties.

Pete Buttigieg
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FLORENCE, S.C. — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who has been criticized for his slow outreach to blacks and other minorities, is trying to rearrange his schedule to make room for events in early-voting South Carolina that honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Tom Steyer has been spending a lot of time in North Carolina lately. The billionaire environmental activist and Democratic candidate running for president made campaign stops in Raleigh and Goldsboro last weekend. And this weekend, he has stops in Charlotte. And he joined All Things Considered on Friday. 

The candidates in the top 1% have accounted for about 78% of the ad spending in the presidential race so far, according to new numbers.

The two self-funding billionaires in the Democratic primary, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and activist business executive Tom Steyer, have spent the most by far — a combined $320 million, out of $409.8 million spent in the presidential contest up to Jan. 13.

A Peek At South Carolina's New Voting Machines

Jan 14, 2020
Lancaster resident Rita Huffman test drives the county's new voting machines at a recent public demonstration. The new system is a two-step process that involves a return to a handheld paper ballot.
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The Feb. 29 Democratic presidential primary will be South Carolina's first major test for its new voting machines. Last year, the state invested $51 million on new machines that election officials say are easier to use and more secure than what South Carolinians had been using for years.

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We're up to the seventh debate, and down to six candidates.

The leading Democratic presidential candidates return to the debate stage Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET — this time in Iowa, which hosts the first-in-the-nation caucuses in less than three weeks.

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Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

With a momentous year in politics now underway, Charlotte Talks will be spending every Monday looking at the 2020 election. Let's start off with what's on the ballot and what's at stake in North Carolina.

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Mecklenburg Commissioners voted 8-1 Tuesday night to buy new electronic voting equipment that it will be in place for the March 3 primary.

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Julián Castro, the only Latino candidate in the Democratic field, has ended his presidential campaign.

Castro released a video on Twitter on Thursday, saying that his campaign had "stood up for the most vulnerable people" and had "given a voice to those who are often forgotten."

He adds in the video: "I'm not done fighting. I'll keep working toward a nation where everyone counts."

Castro served as secretary of housing and urban development in the Obama administration and, before that, was mayor of San Antonio, Texas.

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RALEIGH — A Massachusetts-based election equipment manufacturer is giving up for now on selling its machines to North Carolina counties.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has added two Republican presidential challengers to Donald Trump on the March 3 primary ballot, the organization said Friday.

The top seven Democratic presidential candidates will appear on stage in Los Angeles Thursday night in the sixth debate of the year.

The debate comes just one day after President Trump became the third president of the United States to be impeached by the House of Representatives.

Here's what you need to know:

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North Carolina officially kicks off the 2020 campaign with the opening of candidate filing for hundreds of elected positions such as governor and U.S. senator, in the state legislature and on the courts.

Republican Senator Thom Tillis, left, faces challenges from former state Senator Cal Cunningham, Mecklenburg Commissioner Trevor Fuller and state Senator Erica Smith.
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Earlier this year, North Carolina Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis opposed President Trump’s plan to declare a national emergency to fund the border wall.  

North Carolina Lawmakers Redraw State’s Congressional Map

Nov 15, 2019
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RALEIGH — A replacement map for North Carolina’s congressional districts was finalized Friday, with its lines redrawn to address alleged extreme partisan bias and endangering reelection prospects for two Republicans next year.

Mark Sanford
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CONCORD, N.H. — Mark Sanford dropped his challenge to President Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, saying the focus on impeachment has made it impossible for his campaign to gain traction.

North Carolina Judges Throw Out Current Congressional Map

Oct 28, 2019
The 2016 North Carolina congressional districts map.
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RALEIGH — North Carolina judges on Monday blocked the state's congressional map from being used in the 2020 elections, ruling that voters had a strong likelihood of winning a lawsuit that argued Republicans unlawfully manipulated district lines for partisan gain.

Kamala Harris
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris is pulling out of a South Carolina criminal justice forum over organizers' handling of President Donald Trump's appearance.

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