Election 2012

State Politics
4:30 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

High Voter Turnout For Republicans And African-Americans

Voter turnout data analyzed by Democracy North Carolina for the 2012 election shows the state had a 68.3% turnout rate compared to 69.6% in 2008.
Credit 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. 

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The Party Line
3:53 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Southern Vote Provokes Poli Sci Debate

­­­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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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Day After The Election Wrap-Up

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.

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Election 2012
9:36 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Scenes Of Election Day In NC

Supporters waiting for Governor-Elect Pat McCrory at the Westin in Charlotte
Lisa Miller
Elections
4:38 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voting Goes Smoothly In Charlotte So Far

Volunteers campaign more than 50 feet away from the entrance to First Ward Elementary School, which served as a polling place for the election.
Credit 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.

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Election 2012
5:14 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

First Lady Gives Final Obama Campaign Push In Charlotte

First Lady Michelle Obama greets a crowd of supporters in a hangar in Charlotte Monday afternoon.
Credit 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?

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Election 2012
10:35 am
Mon November 5, 2012

The Week In Politics: Early Voting Ends, North Carolina Tight In Presidential, 8th District Races

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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Pre-Election Show

Catawba College's Michael Bitzer, WFAE News' Michael Tomsic, Lisa Miller and Julie Rose join us to talk about the Election.
Credit 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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Election 2012
4:36 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Making The Voting Grade? MoveOn.Org Mails Report Cards

MoveOn.org sent out over 630,000 of these report cards to North Carolina voters.
Credit MoveOn.org

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  voter "report cards" to residents of swing states like North Carolina. 

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. 

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Election 2012
9:15 am
Tue October 30, 2012

NC-8 Candidates Compete In New Territory

Democrat Larry Kissell knocks on doors in a Lexington, NC neighborhood that is now part of the 8th Congressional District.
Julie Rose

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.

Running for Congress is tough as it is – you’re up for re-election every two years, which means you’re constantly campaigning and raising money.

Plus, most people in your district have no clue who you are.

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