2018 Elections

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Follow WUNC + NPR's coverage of the 2018 midterm elections, including state and national results and analysis on Nov. 6. Get caught up on the latest news.  

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State and federal officials from both parties are calling for a full investigation into election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. With only 905 votes deciding the race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready, and reports of absentee ballot irregularities, the state elections board voted to have an evidentiary hearing later this month. 

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In Bladen County, where elections officials are investigating potential elections tampering, a small group of 12 people attested as official witnesses for 294 mail-in ballots, or nearly 40 percent of mail-in ballots from Bladen County.

What's more, the same group accounted for both of the required signatures for 151 of those ballots, according to a WUNC analysis of 796 mail-in-ballot envelopes from Bladen County.

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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.

A sample ballot for the 2018 midterm elections
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Voter turnout in North Carolina was exceptionally high in 2018, but some races drew more attention than others.

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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.
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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.

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

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

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Fayetteville State University's marching band kicks off the early vote event with President Bill Clinton at the university in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
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Data from the first week of early voting show North Carolinians are turning out in unprecedented numbers.

So far, of the state's 7 million registered voters, more than 400,000 have cast early ballots at the polls and almost just as many have requested mail-in ballots.

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With Republicans trying to maintain control of the United States House, three races in North Carolina have emerged as battleground districts. And one of those covers part of the Triangle, where voters are choosing between Republican incumbent George Holding and Democratic challenger Linda Coleman. 

Trump supporters outside the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.
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President Donald Trump is returning to North Carolina this week to rally voters as two Republicans face close congressional races.

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North Carolina election officials are providing more leeway to the voters living in the counties hardest hit by Hurricane Florence and filling out mail-in absentee ballots.

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North Carolina might yet play a role in what some have predicted will become a blue wave.

The latest election fundraising totals show that Democrats in two North Carolina Congressional battlegrounds have fared well.

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The countdown to the 2018 midterms is on, and all seats in the North Carolina General Assembly are up for election. Democrats are hoping to secure wins in both the House and Senate to break the Republican supermajority. Two competitive House seats in Haywood County may be crucial grabs for the Democrats, while two Democratically-held seats in Buncombe County are also competitive races.

In the competitive 9th District Congressional race, Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready debated for the first time Wednesday night.

Youth leaders and organizers for the March for Our Lives Rally hold hands after a final speech to show unity in Greensboro, North Carolina on Aug. 1, 2018.
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In light of the school shooting epidemic across the U.S., many teens have become more active within their local communities and are taking a stand for their beliefs.

Youth in Parkland, Florida, and other regions across the country, have encouraged other young people to advocate for issues, big or small. Among those issues is the question of voting. As some youth register to vote for the first time, some are skeptical about what voting can actually achieve.

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Female candidates swept primary elections in Pennsylvania and Nebraska this week. Will this wave continue into the November midterm elections? And Wednesday’s teacher rally in Raleigh is part of a wave of teacher protests in red states. What impact could this have on the midterms?

Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC), right, smiles at Vice President Mike Pence after a tax policy event in Charlotte on Friday, April 20.
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On the whole, Republicans have outraised Democrats in North Carolina's 13 federal House races, but Democrats are still hoping to flip a few seats come November.

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The gates are opening wider for North Carolina voters to cast ballots for next month's primary elections.

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