Election

Nick de la Canal

This week, WFAE is taking time to meet with voters in different parts of Charlotte and ask: what matters to you in this election? Responses so far have ranged from "the economy," "the pharmaceutical industry," to a bewildered "I don't know what matters nowadays."

Today, we visit Veteran's Park in east Charlotte, where we meet Seth Keipper, who's sitting on a bench watching his nine-year-old daughter, Alex, on the swings. Yes, he says, he's been following this election.

Nick de la Canal

Each day this week, we're going to different areas in Charlotte and asking voters what matters to them in this election. Today, we're visiting traditionally conservative south Charlotte, also known as "the wedge." That's because if you look at all the Charlotte neighborhoods in the top 10 percent socio-economically, they all roughly fall in the south Charlotte area between Providence Rd. and Park Rd. in the shape of, well, a wedge.

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For an hour last night Republican Governor Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper attacked each other’s policies, priorities, and political records. The two men vying to be governor met for a debate just four weeks before Election Day. WFAE’s Tom Bullock joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry now for a recap.

Michael Tomsic

In Charlotte on Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama emphasized how competitive North Carolina has been in the last two presidential elections. She used that message to rally supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Sunday's visit to Charlotte by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was a bit different. There weren’t any big announcements promoting her visit, encouraging people to come out for a big rally. Instead, she made some unannounced stops, starting with Little Rock AME Zion Church.

NPR political reporter Asma Khalid joined WFAE's Marshall Terry on Monday's  Morning Edition to discuss Clinton's visit.

2016 Election: What Awaits The Next Commander-in-Chief?

Sep 14, 2016
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We are preparing to elect our third-straight wartime president and that choice has particular significance for North Carolina. Not only are we a battleground state, we are home to those who prepare for real battlegrounds. We’re home to the third largest military population in the country, including the largest base by population in the world. What potential military decisions and security issues will the next commander-in-chief face?

Charlotte's roads are jammed, but the McCrory administration says the state's new road funding formula will help.
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House Bill 2, Voter ID and coal ash cleanups are headline-grabbing issues in the governor’s race. Roads? Not so much. But the McCrory administration is touting success in changing the way North Carolina builds roads.

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Jennifer Lang

African-American turnout, partisan politics and the threat of more lawsuits were all on the minds of North Carolina Board of Elections members yesterday. They set the final early voting plans for 33 counties that couldn’t reach their own agreement, including Mecklenburg.

Michael Bitzer
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This week, we focus on the race for U.S. Senate in North Carolina. Ads in the race began airing this week.  Incumbent Republican Richard Burr is seen as vulnerable in what is a close race. Democrats have made taking back the Senate a priority. WFAE political analyst Michael Bitzer of Catawba College discusses the race.

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Donald Trump has a reputation for suing his critics. Now a former member of his North Carolina staff is suing the Republican nominee’s presidential campaign and its former state director for assault, battery, negligence and emotional distress. 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made at least six stops in North Carolina this election. But Monday night’s stop in Winston-Salem was the first to include Governor Pat McCrory. He warmed up the crowd with some jokes.


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State representative Charles Jeter is stepping down and calling off his run for re-election this November. In a surprise announcement Monday morning, the Huntersville Republican says he needs to make his wife and children "the first priority in my life" right now.  

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It was Hillary Clinton's first joint campaign appearance with President Obama. The fact that it was in North Carolina indicates how important the state is to victory in November. But there wasn't much about the event that was North Carolina-centric. There was no mention of House Bill 2, for example. It was an event with messages that could have come from anywhere.

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North Carolina is home to perhaps the closest gubernatorial race in the country. So it’s no surprise that outside groups are buying up airtime to bolster their candidate of choice.

But this is surprising, these outside groups have spent 47 times more on campaign ads than the candidates themselves. That’s according to a report released July 1, which also shows the race for North Carolina’s governor’s mansion is becoming a proxy war.

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Her challengers doubted her Mecklenburg County residency, but Congresswoman Alma Adams easily won the Democratic primary in the 12th district that’s now entirely within Mecklenburg County.

Here's the current map of state Congressional Districts, after a lower court ruled they must be redrawn.
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North Carolina voters will pick Congressional candidates on Tuesday. The primary was delayed after a federal court ruled two districts were illegally drawn along racial lines. Now the state's Congressional District map has been completely redrawn - including the two districts that touch Charlotte. Thursday, we previewed the 9th District - southeast and east of Charlotte. Today, WFAE's David Boraks is with Morning Edition host Marshall Terry to talk about the 12th  District, which is now entirely within Mecklenburg County.

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On June 7, North Carolina holds a special primary. And nearly all the focus of that primary has been on those running for the U.S. House. But there is another race on that ballot, the only one that is a state wide contest. At stake is control of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Next Tuesday, North Carolina voters will go to the polls to vote in a primary again.

It’s a special primary election for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. And we’re going to examine the races for two seats in particular. Friday, we’ll preview the fight for the 12th Congressional District, which is now completely inside Mecklenburg County.

It's our 70th edition of WFAE Talks. Greg, Lisa, and Tom discuss North Carolina's gubernatorial and U.S. Senate general election races, plus the looming 12th Congressional District Democratic primary between incumbent Alma Adams and Malcolm Graham.

They also discuss the movement in Matthews to explore secession from CMS. And speaking of CMS, district officials made a big mistake with its community student assignment survey.

Confused About NC Voting Policies? Here Are The Basics

Mar 2, 2016
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Early voting begins Thursday. In light of several lawsuits over North Carolina’s election policies, here's a breakdown of what’s currently in effect.

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