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North Carolina is home to perhaps the closest gubernatorial race in the country. So it’s no surprise that outside groups are buying up airtime to bolster their candidate of choice.

But this is surprising, these outside groups have spent 47 times more on campaign ads than the candidates themselves. That’s according to a report released July 1, which also shows the race for North Carolina’s governor’s mansion is becoming a proxy war.

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Her challengers doubted her Mecklenburg County residency, but Congresswoman Alma Adams easily won the Democratic primary in the 12th district that’s now entirely within Mecklenburg County.

North Carolina voters will pick Congressional candidates on Tuesday. The primary was delayed after a federal court ruled two districts were illegally drawn along racial lines. Now the state's Congressional District map has been completely redrawn - including the two districts that touch Charlotte. Thursday, we previewed the 9th District - southeast and east of Charlotte. Today, WFAE's David Boraks is with Morning Edition host Marshall Terry to talk about the 12th  District, which is now entirely within Mecklenburg County.


On June 7, North Carolina holds a special primary. And nearly all the focus of that primary has been on those running for the U.S. House. But there is another race on that ballot, the only one that is a state wide contest. At stake is control of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

It's our 70th edition of WFAE Talks. Greg, Lisa, and Tom discuss North Carolina's gubernatorial and U.S. Senate general election races, plus the looming 12th Congressional District Democratic primary between incumbent Alma Adams and Malcolm Graham.

They also discuss the movement in Matthews to explore secession from CMS. And speaking of CMS, district officials made a big mistake with its community student assignment survey.


Early voting begins Thursday. In light of several lawsuits over North Carolina’s election policies, here's a breakdown of what’s currently in effect.


The plaintiffs who successfully sued over North Carolina’s 2011 redistricting plan say the new congressional districts are no better than what the court struck down. Attorneys have filed their specific legal objections, and WFAE’s Michael Tomsic joined Mark Rumsey to explain.

A special state legislative committee has approved a new Congressional district map that would dramatically alter district lines, including those that include Charlotte. The changes are required after a federal court found North Carolina’s 1st and 12th districts unconstitutional.

The Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting voted 24-11 along party lines in favor of the map, which was redrawn by Republicans. It now goes to the full General Assembly, which Gov. Pat McCrory has called into a special session Thursday beginning at 10 a.m.

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The CMS school board will have one new member.  Elyse Dashew will join incumbents Ericka Ellis-Stewart and Mary McCray on the board as an at-large member. 

  Dashew just missed winning a school board seat four years ago. This time around she received the second- highest number of votes.  Dashew has long been involved in education matters. She helped lead groups pushing for more school nurses and higher funding for CMS.