Election

Gov. Pat McCrory
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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has filed for a recount in the close race against Democratic opponent, Roy Cooper, for North Carolina governor.

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The votes are still being tallied in North Carolina's governor's race.  Governor Pat McCrory trails Roy Cooper by more than 6,000 votes. McCrory's campaign has disputed results in 52 counties alleging voter fraud. We wanted to ask the McCrory campaign about its complaints, but no one from the campaign responded to WFAE's interview requests. However, North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes did and spoke to All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey.

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Friday was not a good day for Governor Pat McCrory in his effort to remain in office. Attorney General Roy Cooper extended his lead to about 6,300 votes as counties reported more provisional and absentee ballot results.

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Friday's deadline for counting all votes in this month’s election in North Carolina is being extended. The state Board of Elections says county boards need more time to complete their vote counts. The state board cites several factors including ongoing reviews of absentee and provisional votes, along with election protests filed in some counties. 

The outcome of this year's governor's race in North Carolina remains up-in-the-air as provisional and absentee ballots continue to get counted.  Democrat Roy Cooper is now ahead of Republican incumbent Pat McCrory by just under 5,000 votes. 

But McCrory is suspicious of about 90,000 votes reported late from early voting in Durham County.  While Cooper has declared victory, McCrory has questioned the legitimacy of the vote ever since Election Night.

Maps show a change in Pat McCrory's support in Mecklenburg County between 2012 and 2016. Red is Republican (McCrory) and Blue is Roy Cooper (Democrat).
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Democrat Roy Cooper is claiming victory in his bid to unseat Governor Pat McCrory, though results aren’t final. If he loses, the governor can trace the defeat in part to Mecklenburg County. Changing voting patterns and his stand on controversial issues, including I-77 tolls, have eroded the former Charlotte mayor’s popularity at home. 

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We know the big news. Republican Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States of America. We also know that he will work with a GOP controlled US House and Senate.

But what do we know about state races and the roll North Carolina played in electing Trump the 45th President of the United States?

GOP Maintains Supermajority In NC Legislature

Nov 9, 2016
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In the North Carolina legislature, Republicans maintained their supermajority in both the House and Senate. That means regardless of who's governor, lawmakers can override him.

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It all comes down to this. After months (and months, and months) of debates, ads, political claims and counter claims, voters go to the polls and cast ballots in the 2016 general election.

So far so good here in Mecklenburg County with no major issues to report. There were reports of long lines at some voting sites this morning.

Charlotte Talks Host Mike Collins spoke with Michael Dickerson, the Director of Elections for Mecklenburg County this morning:


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Who is voting may be just as scrutinized on Election Day as who wins. And we’re not talking about classic voting blocks.

From the mundane like ballot selfies, to the serious, like claims of rigged elections, fraud or voter intimidation, much of the scrutiny has been fueled on social media.

This is a national narrative. But like many things this election North Carolina finds itself at the center of the story.

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A federal judge has ordered North Carolina to reinstate roughly 3,500 voter registrations that were canceled within the past three months. The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP sued over the cancellations in three counties in the eastern half of the state.

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
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Time is running out on this election and as we get to the home stretch, North Carolina’s role seems to be becoming more important.

In our final chat before Election Day Morning Edition host Marshall Terry talks about last minute campaign strategies, early voting results, and this week’s NAACP lawsuit with political analyst Michael Bitzer.

Medearis Drive neighborhood entrance
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In this strange and difficult election year, sometimes it feels like we live in two countries: one red, one blue. More and more, we choose to live near people who think like us. But not everywhere is like that. There are purple places, too.

Early voting is up 10.7 percent in Mecklenburg County, compared with the last presidential election four years ago.  

As of Wednesday night, the 14th day of early voting, 211,876 people had cast early ballots in the county. That's up from 191,405 after the same number of days in 2012.

Voter registration is up just 4 percent since 2012, according to the Mecklenburg Board of Elections.

As WFAE's Michael Tomsic reported in this story on an NAACP federal lawsuit, a lot of personal information is available through the state Board of Elections website.

"We are to our knowledge, from every state we have checked, we have been the easiest to access information,” says Josh Lawson, the general counsel for the state Board of Elections. “We’re talking about a centralized repository where more than 6.7 million people have addresses listed online."

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Each day this week, WFAE has been meeting with voters around Charlotte to get a sense of what really matters to them in this election. Many of the voter's we've heard from so far haven't fallen squarely in the liberal or conservative camp, but express beliefs somewhere in between.

Today, we visit Hornet's Nest Park just off Beatties Ford Rd in north Charlotte. Beneath a canopy of pine trees, a mother and her son are walking slowly, picking things off the ground, and stashing them in a paper grocery bag. Are they picking dandelions? Cleaning up litter?

This election season, we’ve heard a lot about the presidential race, and campaigns for U.S. Senate and governor in North Carolina – and for good reason. We haven't heard much about state legislative races even though the General Assembly has fueled some of the year’s biggest political stories. Think House Bill 2, plus redistricting and changes to voting laws that were struck down in federal court.

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For the first time in 16 years, someone different will occupy the state’s attorney general’s office. Former Democratic state Sen. Josh Stein of Wake County and current Republican state Sen. Buck Newton of Wilson are in a close race to succeed Roy Cooper.

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Economies of scale is a term well known in the business world. It means a way of saving money if you buy in bulk or better use what you already have.

It’s also a factor in politics.

And may be behind all the attention given two campaign messages sent out by conservatives this week about HB 2.

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