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Mark Harris for Congress

Republican Mark Harris has bested incumbent Robert Pittenger in the ninth congressional district, the most significant upset in races for federal office across North Carolina in Tuesday's primary.

City Manager Marcus Jones presented his budget to the City Council Monday.
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Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones has proposed a $2.6 billion budget for the new fiscal year that starts July 1. It calls for pay increases of 6.5 percent for police and 3 percent for other city staff. He also wants to boost the size of a planned affordable housing bond referendum this fall to $50 million.

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Fifteen days of early voting are over and Tuesday is primary day across North Carolina. Republican and Democratic candidates are seeking their parties' nominations for Congress, the state legislature and county offices.  WFAE's David Boraks talked with host Mark Rumsey for an overview of the primaries.

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Tuesday is primary Election Day in North Carolina, but it’s essentially the general election in Mecklenburg County races for sheriff and district attorney. The Democratic primary will decide winners in those races since there are no Republican candidates.

WFAE’s David Boraks discussed those races and a few others with two former Mecklenburg County state lawmakers: Democrat Malcolm Graham and Republican Charles Jeter. They will also join him Tuesday evening for a WFAE Primary Election Special, beginning at 7 p.m. 

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It's an off-year election in Mecklenburg County - with no big races on the ballot like president or governor. But among the races that are up for a vote, there appears to be more interest - at least judging by higher turnout in early voting. 

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Mark Harris has become a familiar name on the Republican ballot in North Carolina. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014, losing to Thom Tillis. Two years ago, he lost to Robert Pittenger in the primary race for the 9th district in Congress by just 134 votes.

This year, Harris is back for another shot at Pittenger. Both say the circumstances are different and in their favor for next week’s primary.

North Carolina U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis spoke during a visit to U.S. Army Reserve Command headquarters, Fort Bragg, N.C., April 8, 2015.
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The North Carolina Democratic Party has filed a formal complaint against U.S. Sen Thom Tillis' campaign committee and the state Republican Party stemming from work performed by Cambridge Analytica, the firm alleged to have vacuumed up large sums of Facebook data in an attempt to influence the 2016 presidential race. 

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North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein says his office has determined that more than 2.5 million state residents were affected by Facebook’s privacy breaches.

Jim Puckett, the vice chairman for the Mecklenburg County Commisssion, speaking at Tuesday's meeting.
Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County leaders are taking the first steps to determine whether the public health department should have different oversight. Commissioners voted 6-2 Tuesday night to form a committee to explore options that include creating a medical board to oversee the health department and forming an advisory board.

Duane Hall stands behind a large wooden desk on the second floor of his law office in downtown Raleigh. The Governor’s Mansion is visible out the window. That’s where Hall used to shoot baskets with his friend, Governor Roy Cooper, and where he proposed to his now fiancé last December. It doesn’t feel so close anymore. These days Representative Hall is, perhaps, the loneliest man in North Carolina politics.

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