Election 2020

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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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NEW YORK — Basking in loud chants of "Bernie's back," Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders resumed campaigning weeks after being sidelined by a heart attack and told supporters he was ready to resume "the epic struggle" for the White House.

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Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019

Given that forecasts of a Hillary Clinton win in 2016 were off the mark, should we pay attention to polls for the 2020 election?

This program originally aired Aug. 22, 2018

The headlines about presidential candidate Joe Biden's new health care plan called it "a nod to the past" and "Affordable Care Act 2.0." That mostly refers to the fact that the former vice president has specifically repudiated many of his Democratic rivals' calls for a "Medicare for All" system, and instead sought to build his plan on the ACA's framework.

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President Trump continued his attacks against four freshman Democratic congresswomen at a campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., on Wednesday, with the crowd breaking into a chant of "send her back" against one, echoing the president's racist message from the weekend.

Trump on Thursday disavowed the chant.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Nearly the entire Democratic presidential field will address hundreds of South Carolina Democrats on Saturday as the candidates look to make connections in a key early nominating state.

The next North Carolina legislative election is still 18 months away, but a rematch is already shaping up in a north Mecklenburg House district that was decided in a narrow vote last fall.  

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While last week’s shootings at UNC Charlotte put the city in a national spotlight, our problems with gun violence have been evident for a long time. Charlotte is on pace to have more than 100 homicides in 2019, mostly from guns. Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey thinks he has a solution to curb gun violence nationwide through gun control proposal he unveiled this week. 

Updated at 6:10 p.m. ET

After months of oscillating speculation, followed by a long ramp up that drew out uncomfortable reassessments of his long public career, former Vice President Joe Biden has announced that he will run for president in 2020.

2020 Campaign Trail Runs Through SC Churches

Apr 20, 2019

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — By now, most Democratic presidential candidates have polished their stump speeches. But when they're in South Carolina, they may need to add in a sermon.

Chaz Beasley
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State Rep. Chaz Beasley of Charlotte says he's running for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in 2020. Beasley made the announcement in a Facebook Live video Thursday night.

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Mecklenburg County Commissioner Trevor Fuller is running to try to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis in 2020.

Fuller, 52, announced his candidacy Tuesday at the Harvey B. Gantt Center, with about two dozen supporters in attendance.