Election 2012

DNC Host Committee Still $10 Million Short

Feb 1, 2013

The Charlotte host committee is still $10 million short of its fundraising goal for the convention and has had to tap a line of credit guaranteed by Duke Energy.

A new report shows the committee made little progress – barely a drop in the bucket -- with only half-a-dozen contributions in the past few months. So Duke Energy may just have to foot the bill after all.

Two years ago, DNC organizers were confident they wouldn't need to use Duke Energy's $10 million line of credit.

Here's the host committee's interim director Will Miller at the time.

Tasnim Shamma

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 analyzed the voter turnout data released by the State Board of Elections last week. 

­­­An interesting discussion has ensued over the role of the South in presidential elections.  Karen Cox, a professor of history at UNC-Charlotte, wrote in the New York Times 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.

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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.

Scenes Of Election Day In NC

Nov 6, 2012
Lisa Miller

North Carolina voters got an extra bit of instruction at the polls today regarding a quirk in the state's straight-party voting rules.  It's nothing new – in fact, it's been the law since the 1960s – but it's a perpetual source of confusion. The quirk is this: in North Carolina people who choose to vote straight-party still have to vote separately for president.  

Michael Tomsic

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.

Julie Rose

First Lady Michelle Obama rallied a few thousand supporters in a hangar at the Charlotte airport this afternoon. It was the last major Obama campaign event in North Carolina of the 2012 election.  WFAE's Julie Rose was there and joined WFAE's Mark Rumsey by phone from the rally. 

RUMSEY: Julie, why did Michelle Obama come here today?

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.

Erin Sutton

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.

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