Election 2012 http://wfae.org en High Voter Turnout For Republicans And African-Americans http://wfae.org/post/high-voter-turnout-republicans-and-african-americans <p>Republicans increased their numbers at the poll by more than 60,000 this year, while the number of Democrats decreased by 53,000. And the four groups with the highest voter turnout in the state were Republicans, African Americans, women and senior citizens. That's according to Democracy North Carolina, a voting rights group that <a href="http://democracy-nc.org/downloads/NCVoterTurnout2012PR.pdf" target="_blank">analyzed the voter turnout data</a> released by the State Board of Elections last week.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:30:39 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 17987 at http://wfae.org High Voter Turnout For Republicans And African-Americans Southern Vote Provokes Poli Sci Debate http://wfae.org/post/southern-vote-provokes-poli-sci-debate <p><sub>­­­</sub>An interesting discussion has ensued over the role of the South in presidential elections.&nbsp; Karen Cox, a professor of history at UNC-Charlotte, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/18/opinion/sunday/a-new-southern-strategy.html?pagewanted=2&amp;_r=0">wrote</a> in the <em>New York Times</em> that “it’s tough being a Southern liberal,” especially to the chagrin of non-Southern liberals in a region that appeared (with the exception of Virginia and Florida) solidly red in this year’s election.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:53:37 +0000 Michael Bitzer 16512 at http://wfae.org Southern Vote Provokes Poli Sci Debate Day After The Election Wrap-Up http://wfae.org/post/day-after-election-wrap <p>Join us for “the morning after”… we’ll talk about Tuesday’s Election results, from local, regional and gubernatorial to the presidential election. Who are our new leaders? What does their election mean for our region, our state and the nation? We’ll do our best to give you the answers with WFAE reporters and political scientists, when Charlotte Talks. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 05:00:00 +0000 15282 at http://wfae.org Day After The Election Wrap-Up Scenes Of Election Day In NC http://wfae.org/post/scenes-election-day-nc Wed, 07 Nov 2012 02:36:35 +0000 WFAE 15317 at http://wfae.org Scenes Of Election Day In NC Voting Goes Smoothly In Charlotte So Far http://wfae.org/post/voting-goes-smoothly-charlotte-so-far <p>Election officials say there have been few problems – none major – with voting in the Charlotte area Tuesday. For the most part, people have obeyed laws preventing campaigning too close to polling places, voting machines have functioned properly, and voters have faced short lines. Many election officials say the short waits are in part because of the state's record turnout of early voters. Some precinct chairs say almost half of their precincts' registered voters cast their ballots before Tuesday morning.</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:38:27 +0000 Michael Tomsic 15284 at http://wfae.org Voting Goes Smoothly In Charlotte So Far First Lady Gives Final Obama Campaign Push In Charlotte http://wfae.org/post/first-lady-gives-final-obama-campaign-push-charlotte <P>First Lady Michelle Obama rallied a few thousand supporters in a hangar at the Charlotte airport this afternoon. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 22:14:59 +0000 Julie Rose 15200 at http://wfae.org First Lady Gives Final Obama Campaign Push In Charlotte The Week In Politics: Early Voting Ends, North Carolina Tight In Presidential, 8th District Races http://wfae.org/post/week-politics-early-voting-ends-north-carolina-tight-presidential-8th-district-races <p>WFAE's political analyst Michael Bitzer has been joining Morning Edition Host Duncan McFadyen most Fridays. He's a political scientist at Catawba College in Salisbury. They spoke on the final Friday before the November 2012 election to take one last look at various races in North Carolina. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 15:35:20 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 15168 at http://wfae.org Pre-Election Show http://wfae.org/post/pre-election-show <p></p><p>Tomorrow’s the day we’ve been leading up to for over a year. Election Day is upon us, and this hour, for a final look at how the election looks here in Charlotte, we’ll be joined by WFAE News Reporters, along with our WFAE “The Party Line” political blogger, Dr. Michael Bitzer. We’ll talk about the big local and state races, and a last minute look at the presidential election and more. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 05:00:00 +0000 15163 at http://wfae.org Pre-Election Show Making The Voting Grade? MoveOn.Org Mails Report Cards http://wfae.org/post/making-voting-grade-moveonorg-mails-report-cards <p></p><p>Do you generally sit out elections? An arm of the liberal group, MoveOn.org, may have found a way of shaming you into voting. Between now and Election day, it's mailing out millions of &nbsp;voter "report cards" to residents of swing states like North Carolina.&nbsp;</p><p>It's pretty simple. On the left, a bar graph compares the number of times you voted with the neighborhood average in the last five general elections. And then on the right, you get graded based on voting history.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 20:36:11 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 14969 at http://wfae.org Making The Voting Grade? MoveOn.Org Mails Report Cards NC-8 Candidates Compete In New Territory http://wfae.org/post/nc-8-candidates-compete-new-territory <p>Every ten years, the political party in power gets to redraw voting district lines in its favor. Republicans did it in North Carolina this year, leaving incumbent Democrats at a disadvantage in several Congressional races such as NC-8, where traditionally conservative portions of Rowan and Davidson Counties are now in the boundaries.</p><p>Running for Congress is tough as it is – you’re up for re-election every two years, which means you’re <em>constantly </em>campaigning and raising money.</p><p>Plus, most people in your district have no clue who you are.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 13:15:46 +0000 Julie Rose 14744 at http://wfae.org NC-8 Candidates Compete In New Territory