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By the end of today, the Charlotte and Hickory areas will have received visits from four presidential candidates in less than 30 hours. 

The stump-a-thon began Sunday with a Ted Cruz rally at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Today it continues. First up is Donald Trump. The Republican frontrunner will address a crowd at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory at 10 a.m.

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March 15 is, of course, primary day here in North Carolina. And the ballots will list more than just the presidential candidates.

Morning Edition host Marshall Terry and WFAE reporter Tom Bullock discuss the primary races for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Richard Burr.


Attorneys for North Carolina say lawmakers carefully followed a court order in drawing a new congressional map that does not use race as the dominant factor. In new court filings, the state argues those who sued over the old map have failed to show the new one is a gerrymander of any kind. WFAE’s Michael Tomsic joined Mark Rumsey to discuss the latest. 

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N.C. lawmakers could be moving closer to a special session to deal with Charlotte’s expanded protections for LGBT residents.

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North Carolina is scheduled to get a visit from Hillary Clinton on Thursday.  Her husband primed the way for her Monday.  Bill Clinton made three stops throughout the state, including one at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. 

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There is an undeniable spectacle on display at a Donald Trump Rally. The feeling is equal parts bread and circus and playoff game. Right down to the music announcing Trump's arrival and the announcer welcoming the "next president of the United States."

Your oil change got a bit more expensive today. So too did a trip to the cobbler, the jewelry repair shop or to have viruses removed from your hard drive. Tuesday is the first day North Carolina starts collecting sales tax on these and other services. It’s either great for the state or horrible for its people depending on who’s speaking at the podium.


South Carolina is definitively Hillary Country. Clinton won the Democratic primary there over the weekend. And did so by easily defeating Senator Bernie Sanders. WFAE’s Tom Bullock and Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry talk through the results and look ahead to what it all means for tomorrow’s Super Tuesday primary bonanza.

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Darelene Mansfield has this request for her fellow South Carolinians, "Just bear with us, it’s just going to be a few more days. You’re only going to get a few more calls."

Mansfield is behind a number of those calls. She’s the phone bank coordinator at the Clinton campaign’s Rock Hill office. Phone banks tell you a lot about a campaign.


A record number of South Carolinians cast ballots in the State’s GOP Primary. The result, three victory speeches and one candidate dropped out. Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry and WFAE's Tom Bullock break down the GOP primary results and look ahead to this Saturday when the Democrat’s hold their primary.