Politics

After a short filing period, the fields are set for June 7 primaries in North Carolina’s redrawn Congressional districts. Ten of the 13 incumbents face primaries, including both in the districts serving Mecklenburg County.

Local governments across the state are still trying to understand the full ramifications of the bill passed in Wednesday’s special session of the General Assembly. That bill was signed into law last night by Governor Pat McCrory. And it may have some unintended consequences which could cost the state revenue.

Final results are in for two of last week’s Mecklenburg County General Assembly primaries and both are close enough that recounts are planned.

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What started as a social media spat over email access has morphed into something more. Late Sunday night, the Central Committee of North Carolina’s Republican Party announced a no-confidence vote in its Chairman Hasan Harnett. They also passed emergency restrictions on Harnett’s duties pending an investigation.

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Let’s start at the top of the ticket. The first called race of the evening was for Hillary Clinton. There were plenty of cheers and "Hillary!" chants at Jackalope Jacks near uptown, where about 50 Hillary Clinton supporters gathered to watch the results come in. 

David T Foster III / Charlotte Observer

Today is the primary election in North Carolina. On the ballot are candidates for president as well as governor, U.S. Senate, and N.C. House and N.C. Senate. Some of the presidential candidates were in Charlotte yesterday making their last- minute pitches to voters.  


David Boraks / WFAE News

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.

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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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Charlotte Observer

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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