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North Carolina’s top Republican lawmaker, Sen. Phil Berger, is urging state health officials to begin random sample testing of a few hundred people for the coronavirus. Berger said the data might allow the state to reopen some businesses.

FBI Reaches Out To Sen. Burr Over Stock Sales Tied To Virus

Mar 30, 2020
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WASHINGTON — The FBI has reached out to Sen. Richard Burr about his sale of stocks before the coronavirus caused markets to plummet, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

How will the coronavirus change the way America votes? Many states are looking to expand voting-by-mail.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Wasn't it just a few weeks ago that the dust was settling on an impeachment trial and Bernie Sanders was seen as a runaway train in the Democratic presidential race?

You generally won't hear North Carolina's political parties endorse a candidate in primary contests, but national groups do. Last week, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's pick won the party's nomination for U.S. Senate. Cal Cunningham beat three other candidates, including Erica Smith, an African American woman who has served three terms in the state legislature.

The DSCC's endorsement of Cunningham prompted liberal activist William Barber to call out the group.

President Trump chats with North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.
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WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump on Friday named Rep. Mark Meadows as his new chief of staff, replacing Mick Mulvaney, who been acting in the role for more than a year. 

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NPR has been focusing on areas in and around Charlotte as part of its Where Voters Are series. NPR's Sarah McCammon has been here twice in the past two weeks, and she joins WFAE "Morning Edition" host Lisa Worf the morning after Super Tuesday to share what she's learned.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Super Tuesday was the most important day of the Democratic primary calendar. What will the results mean for the rest of the campaign?

Note: this show aired before Michael Bloomberg's withdrawal from the Democratic race

Here's how Cabarrus County voted in the 2020 primaries. 

Follow live updates on the results below.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Super Tuesday has been around for decades, but it really came into its own in the 1988 presidential race when North Carolina and other Southern states tried to flex their power in picking the Democratic nominee.

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​Monday, March 2, 2020

For the first time in three presidential tries, Joe Biden now has a win under his belt. But there's no time to savor the South Carolina comeback. North Carolina and 13 other states enter the ring this week on Super Tuesday.

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Almost immediately after the South Carolina primary, North Carolina votes March 3 — one of 14 states that’s part of Super Tuesday. Political reporter Steve Harrison joins WFAE "Morning Edition" host Lisa Worf to talk about what's ahead.

Biden, Sanders Claim Momentum Heading Into Super Tuesday

Mar 1, 2020
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Joe Biden said Sunday he can "unite this country, the whole country” after scoring a comeback victory in South Carolina’s Democratic primary that could force moderate rivals out of the race and blunt the rise of progressive leader Bernie Sanders.

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There are 110 delegates at stake in the Super Tuesday contest in North Carolina.

South Carolina's Democratic presidential primary is Saturday. Six candidates are on the ballot in the state, they include Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren. 

Polls close in South Carolina at 7 p.m. Watch the results come in here. 

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The Democratic presidential primary candidates are competing in South Carolina on Saturday, hoping to win over voters in the fourth contest of 2020. Follow NPR's live coverage of the primary, including results and analysis. 

Uptown Charlotte is seen Sept. 20, 2019, from Suttle Avenue.
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NPR is repeatedly visiting several cities which will play a big role in the 2020 presidential election. First stop: Charlotte to see where voters are on the issues and on the candidates.

You don't need an ID to vote in the North Carolina primaries. That's because a federal court put a state law on hold until a case challenging voter ID can be heard. Last week, a state appeals court blocked it indefinitely. In his response to the federal ruling in December, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore described the law as "one of the nation's most lenient voter ID laws."

Populism Vs. Pragmatism Underpins NC Senate Primary

Feb 23, 2020
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DURHAM — Democratic voters seeking to take back a U.S. Senate seat in closely divided North Carolina must choose whether liberal populism or centrist pragmatism is best suited to unseat Republican incumbent Thom Tillis, a devotee of President Donald Trump.

Steyer Foundation Mulling SC Investments - After The Primary

Feb 17, 2020
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ahead of this month’s crucial South Carolina primary, Kat Taylor — the wife of presidential candidate Tom Steyer — said that the foundation she runs is interested in considering an investment proposal from one of the state’s largest black church congregations. But she said the foundation wouldn’t act on it until after the primary.

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