The Party Line

North Carolina's governor's race is still up in the air, but the lead is widening for Democrat Roy Cooper.

Local boards of election have now certified results of the Nov. 8 election in 86 of North Carolina's 100 counties.  As of 4 p.m. Monday, Cooper led incumbent Pat McCrory by 9,558 votes, according to the state Board of Elections website.  [UPDATE: As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, with 91 counties in, Cooper's lead was 9,764.]

Nikki Haley
South Carolina Government

So South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is headed to New York, to represent the U.S. at the United Nations. Her appointment by president-elect Donald Trump was a bit of a surprise, given that she hasn't been a big Trump supporter.

Gov. Pat McCrory's campaign and its supporters have filed a lot of complaints about the election. There are complaints about the counting of absentee ballots, complaints about voting machines, complaints about how election workers did their jobs. And then there are complaints that name specific voters targeted for removal from the voting record. These voters are accused of being convicted felons ineligible to vote, similar to what our own former Mayor Patrick Cannon did a few years ago.  

Map shows proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline route from West Virginia to N.C.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Oil and gas pipelines planned or under construction around the country have drawn protests - from neighbors, environmentalists and Native American groups. Now it's North Carolina's turn.

Three protest walks are planned this weekend in Cumberland, Nash and Robeson counties by a group hoping to stop construction of the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

This week, WFAE’s Lisa Worf has taken listeners through the process of seeking a court order to compel Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to release video of a police shooting. (Here's the story that aired before our court hearing, and here's the story that aired after the hearing).

Donald Trump
WRAL.com


  Republicans had a big night in Mecklenburg County, and across the state in Tuesday's election.  They may have Donald Trump to thank. 

Tom Bullock / WFAE

It all comes down to this. After months (and months, and months) of debates, ads, political claims and counter claims, voters go to the polls and cast ballots in the 2016 general election.

So far so good here in Mecklenburg County with no major issues to report. There were reports of long lines at some voting sites this morning.

Charlotte Talks Host Mike Collins spoke with Michael Dickerson, the Director of Elections for Mecklenburg County this morning:


In our final chat before Election Day Morning Edition host Marshall Terry talks about last minute campaign strategies, early voting results, and this week’s NAACP lawsuit with political analyst Michael Bitzer.

Early voting is up 10.7 percent in Mecklenburg County, compared with the last presidential election four years ago.  

As of Wednesday night, the 14th day of early voting, 211,876 people had cast early ballots in the county. That's up from 191,405 after the same number of days in 2012.

Voter registration is up just 4 percent since 2012, according to the Mecklenburg Board of Elections.

James Hoyt Wilhelm
Charlotte Observer

The CMS board voted this week to name a park at Cornelius Elementary School after Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and Mecklenburg County native James Hoyt Wilhelm.

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