2018 NC Election

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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.

File photo of Anita Earls talking with a group of black women during a Sister to Sister salon conversation at the Chesterfield in Durham on Friday, October 26, 2018. Earls has unseated an incumbent to join the North Carolina Supreme Court.
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Democrat Anita Earls has unseated an incumbent to join the North Carolina Supreme Court.

The longtime civil rights lawyer from Durham defeated Associate Justice Barbara Jackson and Raleigh lawyer Chris Anglin on Tuesday.

Former North Carolina governors, from left to right: Jim Hunt, Jim Martin, Make Easley, Bev Perdue and Pat McCrory joined forces to oppose the constitutional amendments.
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North Carolina voters sent two of six constitutional amendments backed by the North Carolina General Assembly's Republican majority to defeat by wide margins.

One amendment would have transferred power to fill judicial vacancies from the governor's office to the legislature. The other amendment would have restructured the state ethics and elections board and given lawmakers the power to appoint its members.

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.
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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.

In this July 24, 2018 file photo, members of the North Carolina House gather for a special session at the General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C.
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Democrats made significant gains in both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly Tuesday night, in a wave that upended both Republican supermajorities and saw urban GOP incumbents ousted from public office.

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The entrance of the Brown Recreation Center in Greensboro as voters prepared to cast a ballot in this year's Midterm Elections.
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Voting hours will be extended at precinct sites in two North Carolina counties.

WFAE and WUNC in Chapel Hill, with contributions from other North Carolina public radio stations, teameed up Thursday and Friday to produce two statewide pre-election programs. Thursday's program, hosted by WFAE's David Boraks and WUNC's Jeff Tiberii, focused on key legislative races and proposed consstitutional amendments.

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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.

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Sheriff Donnie Harrison grew up poor on his family's Martin County farm and says he knew from the age of eight or nine he wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement.

At 21, he joined the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and served 26 years. He was assigned to Wake County and never left.

In 2002, running as a Republican, Harrison unseated Wake's first African-American sheriff, John Baker, with a one percent margin of victory.

He has sailed through three elections since then, gaining respect on a range of issues.

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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.

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

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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.

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Changes made to North Carolina's elections board over the last year were unconstitutional, but the board can remain in place through the November elections, a three-judge panel ruled Tuesday.

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Hurricane Florence disrupted daily operations for local governments in North Carolina, including county boards of elections. It's the second time in two years that voting officials have had to improvise just weeks before a General Election.

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The North Carolina legislature returned briefly to business Tuesday so Republicans could wrest the seemingly ordinary work of adding titles to proposed constitutional amendments on November ballots out of the hands of a state panel controlled by Democrats.

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In closely divided North Carolina, an intense power struggle between Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper will shift from the General Assembly and courts to voting booths this fall.

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It was a hectic week in downtown Raleigh, where lawmakers sparred with Governor Roy Cooper, debated the components of a multifaceted bill, and closed in on the 2018 election, which begins Monday with candidate filings.

Lauren Horsch, a reporter with the NC Insider, reviews the week with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii and notes her favorite winter Olympic sport.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked new voting maps for Wake and Mecklenburg counties. The districts are in the state’s two most populous counties, and the decision comes just days before candidates are set to start filing for office.