North Carolina governor's race

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It's looking more likely that Democrat Roy Cooper will become North Carolina's governor. By state law, Republican Governor Pat McCrory has the right to demand a statewide recount, if the margin is less than 10,000 votes. He got ahead of the game and made that demand last week before counties had finalized all votes. But as the tally stands now, McCrory doesn't have that right. The margin has expanded to 10,256 with results from nearly all counties official.

Firefighters say the Party Rock Wildfire near Chimney Rock and Lake Lure has been fully contained, thanks in part to 0.4 inches of rain that fell Monday night through Tuesday. Firefighting crews have begun packing up and dismantling their fire camps Tuesday morning as they head for home. 

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TUESDAY, NOV. 29

An update on the still-unresolved race for North Carolina governor. Votes are being challenged and there's a call for a recount. Then, what's ahead for education with a newly-elected North Carolina schools chief and the search for a new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent.

North Carolina election officials are still trying to resolve questions about votes cast in Durham County in this month's election.  And, Gov. Pat McCrory's campaign this weekend gave the first hint that an end to its protest of election results could be in sight.  

David Boraks / WFAE

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.

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.

In an effort to diversify magnet schools, the CMS board will begin placing heavy priority on a student's socio-economic status in student assignment decisions. That's part of the first phase of the board's student re-assignment plan passed unanimously Wednesday night.

Among the factors the district will take into account are income, parents' education levels, and English language fluency. The changes will only affect students applying to enter magnet programs.

We're now a little more than two weeks away from election day.  In our discussion this week with political analyst Michael Bitzer, we look at where the big races are in the polls and we also talk about this week's gubernatorial debate and the beginning of early voting.

We've got the first televised gubernatorial debate coming up on Tuesday. NBC's Chuck Todd is moderating, pointing to the national attention this race is getting. This week we look at what's been going on in the gubernatorial race and what to expect going into the debate.

North Carolina Government

Monday, what was obvious became official. Roy Cooper will challenge Pat McCrory to be North Carolina’s governor. And even though their race has officially just begun, both camps have been building significant war chests.

Gubernatorial Interview 2: Barbara Howe

Oct 16, 2012
barbarshowe.net

Today is our second of three interviews with the North Carolina candidates for governor. Last week, we interviewed Republican candidate Pat McCrory. Next week, we'll talk to Democratic candidate Walter Dalton, and so today's hour will be spent with Libertarian candidate Barbara Howe. Candidate Howe was not included in any of the televised debates prior to the election, even though she is on the ballot and she has been ranked as high as 9 percent in the polls. We'll learn about her philosophies and why she wants to be governor.

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Gubernatorial Interview 1: Pat McCrory

Oct 9, 2012

It’s the first in our series of gubernatorial candidate interviews in advance of the November election. Former mayor of Charlotte Pat McCrory is our guest for the hour. This is his second consecutive run for governor. He lost to Governor Bev Perdue four years ago, but with Perdue not seeking re-election, this race is very different from his first. We’ll talk about his views on the issues, his plan for job creation and North Carolina’s future and more.

The Week In Politics: Do Political Debates Matter?

Oct 5, 2012
University of Denver

Some people call political debates the “super bowl” of politics. The media was speculating that Wednesday night’s presidential face-off “could change everything.”

So, did it? And what about the North Carolina gubernatorial debate just a couple of hours before? Do debates actually change voters’ minds? Duncan McFadyen checked in with Catawba College Political Scientist Michael Bitzer.

Dalton Pitches Himself On McCrory's Turf

Sep 25, 2012
Walter Dalton campaign

Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton walked into the heart of his opponent's home turf Tuesday in the race for governor with a campaign appearance at the Charlotte Rotary Club.

Republican Pat McCrory won a record seven terms as Charlotte mayor and presided over big boom years. He's always had strong support from Republicans and Democrats in Charlotte.

So what kind of audience do you think a room full of Uptown business and community leaders would be for the guy trying to beat McCrory?

North Carolina Governor's Race Awash In Out-Of-State Funds

Sep 5, 2012

North Carolina’s race for governor is expected to be the most expensive in the state’s history thanks largely to two deep-pocketed, Washington, D.C.-based organizations whose underwriters may not even know how their funds are being spent.

The state is the latest field of battle for the Democratic Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association, organizations whose impact has increased thanks to court decisions that eliminated limits on campaign spending.