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Romney Returns To Rally Charlotte Supporters

May 12, 2012

Primary Results Signal Tenor Of Races To Come

May 9, 2012

Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer, who writes for WFAE's Party Line political blog, discusses with Morning Edition host Marshall Terry the race for North Carolina governor and how passage of Amendment One may affect the general election. 

McCrory Ready For Fall Fight

May 9, 2012
Julie Rose

Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory captured more than two-thirds of the vote to win last night's Republican primary for governor. WFAE's Julie Rose reports the McCrory campaign treated last night's victory as a kick-off for the real fight. 

Constitutional Amendment Passes In North Carolina

May 9, 2012
Tanner Latham / WFAE

Petra's, a bar in Plaza-Midwood, played host to Charlotte's anti-amendment results party. The mood was festive the whole evening. It was even positive because the vote was not more one-sided.

But patrons like Michael Blizzard were still disappointed. "I'm disappointed for everyone. Because, come tomorrow, I still won't be able to marry my boyfriend regardless. All this is going to hurt are people that it wasn't intended for," said Blizzard.

Tuesday’s primary election is full of interesting competitions on the ballot: several competitive U.S. House districts (including the 9th and 8th here in the Charlotte area), a battle among Democrats to go up against Republican Pat McCrory, and the constitutional amendment regarding marriage.

As we get to the May 8th primary election, we are seeing more and more television advertisements for various candidates, particularly in the hotly contested 9thCongressional District, but also in the 8th Congressional District just to the east of Charlotte.

In modern campaigns, the vehicle of choice among candidates has consistently been television. For political advertisers, TV offers a number of advantages that other forms of political communication can’t meet.

With President Obama’s visit to North Carolina and to UNC Chapel Hill last week, commentators have been observing that it’s the opening salvo in the Democrat’s attempt to re-energize the youth vote — a critical bloc that in 2008 helped to give Obama the win.

Candidate Profile: Walter Dalton

Apr 26, 2012

Earlier this week we profiled two Democratic candidates for governor: former U.S. Congressman Bob Etheridge and State House Representative Bill Faison. Today, in the final installment of our series covering the main Democratic candidates, we'll hear from Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton. He's from the western town of Rutherfordton, where he was raised by his widowed mother.

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