2016 Election

Republican U.S. Senator Richard Burr
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In 2014, the race between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis set the record as the most expensive U.S. Senate election in history.

In contrast, the 2016 race between Republican Richard Burr and Democrat Deborah Ross has been a bit of a sleeper. But that seems about to change.

Tom Bullock / WFAE

A stage with a carefully chosen backdrop. Characters. Music. All choreographed to emphasize an all-important script.

No, we’re not talking ballet.

Or a play.

But it is a form of theater, one North Carolinians will have the chance to see (a lot) over the coming months.

Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Kae Roberts calls herself a “born-and-raised Republican” and says she’s never voted for a Democrat for president.

But this year, the 67-year-old education administrator, who lives in the SouthPark area, says she’s leaning toward Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump? She’s put off by some of the “wacko” things he’s said and worries his lack of discipline could spark an international crisis if he gets in the White House.

Screen Grab of Pat McCrory campaign ad

Governor Pat McCrory’s reelection campaign is out with a provocative new ad.

It’s a testimonial, featuring a survivor of sexual assault speaking in favor of House Bill 2.

But the ad may give the wrong impression of the circumstances surrounding her assault.

It’s not the content but the context of the ad that raises questions.

Republican party officials in Mecklenburg County have chosen a former Huntersville commissioner to replace Representative Charles Jeter on the ballot in November. The party’s executive committee picked Beth Danae Caulfield to run for the 92nd District seat this fall.

Tom Bullock / WFAE

If Donald Trump’s campaign were a restaurant, there’d be a sign out front reading "Under New Management."

Earlier this week the Republican presidential nominee  brought in two new people to run his campaign. And last night in Charlotte came the first Trump speech since the management shake-up.

So has anything changed?

via Twitter

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. 

NRA Political Victory Fund

Just hours after Donald Trump’s controversial gun comments in Wilmington on Tuesday, the National Rifle Association announced they were spending $3 million on ads attacking Hillary Clinton in battleground states including North Carolina.

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Some will see it as a joke, others as a call to violence against his main opponent. Either way Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump made a comment at a rally in Wilmington Tuesday that is sure to be controversial.

Lapel pins and Twitter. Both can be quick ways to express political opinions. But, as the North Carolina Republican party learned Wednesday night, it’s best to understand one before taking to the other.

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