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Jennifer Lang

African-American turnout, partisan politics and the threat of more lawsuits were all on the minds of North Carolina Board of Elections members yesterday. They set the final early voting plans for 33 counties that couldn’t reach their own agreement, including Mecklenburg.

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This week, we focus on the race for U.S. Senate in North Carolina. Ads in the race began airing this week.  Incumbent Republican Richard Burr is seen as vulnerable in what is a close race. Democrats have made taking back the Senate a priority. WFAE political analyst Michael Bitzer of Catawba College discusses the race.

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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. 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made at least six stops in North Carolina this election. But Monday night’s stop in Winston-Salem was the first to include Governor Pat McCrory. He warmed up the crowd with some jokes.


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State representative Charles Jeter is stepping down and calling off his run for re-election this November. In a surprise announcement Monday morning, the Huntersville Republican says he needs to make his wife and children "the first priority in my life" right now.  

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It was Hillary Clinton's first joint campaign appearance with President Obama. The fact that it was in North Carolina indicates how important the state is to victory in November. But there wasn't much about the event that was North Carolina-centric. There was no mention of House Bill 2, for example. It was an event with messages that could have come from anywhere.

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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.

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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.

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