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Political news from around NC and beyond.

Speaker of the House Tim Moore (left) converses with Representative Nelson Dollar (right) during a break on debate of the state budget at the State Capitol on June 21, 2017.
Matt Couch / WUNC

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore says he's running for a third term as the chamber's top leader.

Mark Walker
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The speaker's gavel now out of reach, Republican Kevin McCarthy is poised to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus in closed-door elections that will determine party leadership and set the tone for the new Congress.

The gerrymandered North Carolina Congressional district map
North Carolina General Assembly

Yet another redistricting lawsuit has been filed in North Carolina, this one challenging General Assembly boundaries that Democrats and election reform advocates say remain illegally tainted by excessive favoritism toward Republicans.

A sample ballot for the 2018 midterm elections
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Voter turnout in North Carolina was exceptionally high in 2018, but some races drew more attention than others.

NC Legislature
W Edward Callis III

Another election in the books, and there's a lot to discuss.

The organization Stop Deceptive Amendments raised millions to fight the proposed constitutional amendments.
Stop Deceptive Amendments

Top campaign organizations that helped defeat two North Carolina constitutional amendments on this week's ballot received multimillion-dollar contributions from liberal-leaning groups that aren't required to reveal who funds them.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

The 2018 midterm election is complete, and Jonathan Kappler provides a debrief on this episode of the podcast.

A vote here sign in Chapel Hill
Amy Townsend / WUNC

  The headlines shifted quickly this week from analysis of the historic midterm elections to news that Jeff Sessions was ousted from the White House. Political Junkie Ken Rudin talks about the fast week in political news, including the appointment of acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.

Mecklenburg Elections director Michael Dickerson said Thursday he’s still counting more than 120 absentee mail-in ballots for the North Carolina House District 103 race between Republican incumbent Bill Brawley and Democrat Rachel Hunt.

The gerrymandered North Carolina Congressional district map
North Carolina General Assembly

North Carolina Republicans won majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. But Democrats won more total votes.

Vote Here sign
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2018 midterm voter turnout in North Carolina was the highest its been in decades. But not everyone who wanted to cast a ballot was able to do so. A pre-election analysis from WRAL showed that a change in early voting requirements disproportionately affected rural and poor voters in North Carolina.

Machines failed to read ballots in Wake County, North Carolina, as officials blamed humidity and lengthy ballots
Wake County Board of Elections

Election experts have long warned about the nation's aging fleet of voting equipment. This week's elections underscored just how badly upgrades are needed.

Screen shot: Senator Phil Berger "Protect Voter ID"
Phil Berger

Now what? That might be the question for many North Carolinians after voters approved a constitutional amendment requiring photo identification at the polls.

North Carolina with red and blue in the background
NPR

North Carolina Republicans lost their supermajority in the General Assembly but declared victory in three competitive U.S. House seats. Meanwhile state voters approved four of six constitutional amendments including photo voter ID, but they repudiated the Republican plan to give the legislature more control over judicial and state board appointments.

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Republicans and Democrats will split control of Congress next year.

Rep. Ted Budd, R-NC, answers questions from the media at his election party in Bermuda Run, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, after voting in the state ended. Voters re-elected Budd to the House, defeating Democratic challenger Kathy Manning.
Woody Marshall / AP

North Carolina’s Congressional delegation will continue to be made up by 10 Republicans and 3 Democrats. Though races in the 2nd, 9th, and 13th Districts were close, the Republican candidates in each district won at the end of the night.

North Carolina with red and blue in the background
NPR

Get the latest on North Carolina's ballot measures and races for U.S. Senate and House. 

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LIVE: Balance Of Power, Congressional Results

Nov 6, 2018
NPR

Track the balance of power between the major parties in Congress as results come in for House and Senate races.

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An early voting location in Wake County
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Control of the North Carolina legislature will depend on suburban voters.

When it comes to campaign spending at the North Carolina House and Senate levels, both parties have poured the most money into suburban districts, many of which are considered toss-ups by political pundits.

Splitting The Black College Vote In North Carolina

Nov 2, 2018
Screengrab of  Youth Radio video on North Carolina gerrymandering.
YR

Two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina's political map was unconstitutional because it disadvantaged black voters. So the map was redrawn.

But in January, it was ruled to be unconstitutional again because this time it favored Republicans. Reporter Kamaya Truitt looks at the strange case of North Carolina A&T State University, which state legislators divided into two congressional districts.

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BBC Radio reporter and producer Giles Edwards first came to North Carolina to look at the politics of voting access in 2014. It was one year after the U.S. Supreme Court had gutted the Voting Rights Act and not long after North Carolina embarked on its own efforts to overhaul voting, including eliminating same-day voter registration and reducing early voting. That legislation was later struck down by the Supreme Court. Through conversations with politicians, activists and experts, Edwards created an audio analysis of the many ways North Carolinians were seeing their voting access change.

North Carolina legislative building
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The midterm election is now four days away.

Becki Gray, of John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, of NC Policy Watch, join WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii to discuss what they're focused on as this election heads toward a close.

Screenshot of a political advertisement against Dan McCready, paid for by FRC Action.
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With only three North Carolina Congressional races considered competitive, Super PACs and other outside spenders haven't focused heavily on North Carolina. But they haven't ignored the state completely.

Credit Lynn Hey / For WUNC

Republican incumbent Tedd Budd and Democratic challenger Kathy Manning are in a tight and heated race to represent North Carolina's 13th Congressional District. Budd won in 2016 with no prior political experience, and Manning is in the same position this year. Budd owns a gun store and shooting range in Advance, North Carolina, while Manning has spent her career in law and philanthropy.

Bennett College students, Nia Watson, right, Ariel Tindle and Destiny Edward wait in line to vote early at Brown Recreation Center on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Greensboro, N.C.
Lynn Hey / For WUNC

The race for a seat in North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District is expected to be one of the closest in the state.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

This week's WUNCPolitics Podcast takes a deep dive into a topic that's a decade in the making.

“Right Turn” is a documentary-style podcast using archival interviews and conversations with key players to tell the story of the rise of the Republican Party this decade.

North Carolina legislative building
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With still more than a week until Election Day, hundreds of thousands of voters have already cast ballots in North Carolina.

Becki Gray, of John Locke Foundation, and Rob Schofield, of NC Policy Watch, join WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii to discuss what conclusions can be made from strong initial turnout, whether debates still matter, and what to make of a video released by Lt. Governor Dan Forest on how to commit voter fraud.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

Former North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Bob Orr is the guest on this week's episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast.

Orr talks about judicial races on the midterm ballot, his continued frustrations with President Donald Trump, the chances he'll still be a Republican in 2020, and the verdict from a federal corruption trial that concluded this week.

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With Election Day just around the corner, WUNC is highlighting and explaining each of six proposed constitutional amendments that will appear on the ballot.

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