2020 North Carolina Elections

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Jim O' Neill is challenging incumbent Josh Stein for the post of North Carolina Attorney General. As of Thursday morning, the race was still too close to call.
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The Republican challenger in the race for North Carolina’s Attorney General – Jim O’Neill – says he's filed a complaint against Democratic incumbent Josh Stein over a campaign advertisement.

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President Donald Trump's reelection campaign long maintained there were thousands of new supporters tucked into rural, red pockets of the country who would come out and vote for the president when asked.

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North Carolina Republicans on Wednesday celebrated hanging on to their majorities in both General Assembly chambers after withstanding a massive effort by Democrats locally and nationally to wrest control before the next round of state and congressional redistricting.

Voters walk past campaign signs at the Graham Civic Center polling location in Graham, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
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Updated at 8:15 p.m on 11/4/2020

Unlike some national races, the outcomes of most statewide races in North Carolina are more clear. Still, a few races are up in the air, with more than 100,000 absentee ballots left to count.

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On Tuesday, voters in Raleigh overwhelmingly approved an $80 million affordable housing bond. The bond is the largest in the city's history and will go toward building and sustaining affordable housing.

Rally goers stop at East Parrish St. and North Church St. in downtown Durham on Wed., November 4, 2020.
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More than 200 people marched around downtown Durham Wednesday afternoon calling for a proper tally of all ballots cast in Tuesday's election.

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State elections officials say they will continue to count votes as local elections boards process remaining mail-in and provisional ballots that are delivered by the Postal Service through Nov. 12, as long as they were postmarked by Election Day.

State Board of Elections Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell confirmed unaccounted absentee ballots are still at 117,000.

As of Wednesday afternoon, counting of all votes was complete, and Trump held a narrow lead over Biden.

Nov. 3 is the final voting day of the 2020 election. The presidency as well as several key Senate, House and gubernatorial races are on the line. Follow NPR’s live coverage and results as they come in.

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A group of people in yellow shirts, standing on both sides of a sidewalk. There is one person looking directly at the camera, appears to be a white man, smiling and holding a travel cup
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Republicans outperformed polls in North Carolina and much of the nation in last night’s general election. But many results are still unclear and likely will be for days. The presidential and U.S. Senate races in North Carolina are still too close to call, and there are also 117,000 outstanding mail-in ballots that could impact the state’s results. 

A voter leaves a voting site at Agriculture Center in Pittsboro on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 as if to be walking down a red carpet made of political signs.
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The Associated Press has not declared a winner in North Carolina’s presidential contest because the race between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is too early to call.

Protestors focus on event organizers at a march to the polls organized in Graham, N.C. on Election Day, 2020.
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Several hundred protesters returned Tuesday afternoon to downtown Graham, in Alamance County for an Election Day "peaceful push to the polls" march. The demonstrators engaged in a largely "silent" march, and were encouraged to stay on sidewalks and not engage with law enforcement. 

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North Carolina Republicans have withstood a massive effort by Democrats inside the state and nationally to retake both General Assembly chambers.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., celebrates with his wife Susan, at a election night rally Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Mooresville, N.C.
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It was too soon to call North Carolina's U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Thom Tillis and Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham early Wednesday, with many votes yet to be counted.

Tillis, a first-term senator, led Cunningham by nearly 97,000 votes from among more than 5.4 million votes counted in the unofficial tally. There were still up to 117,000 outstanding mail-in absentee ballots and an unknown number of provisional ballots cast.

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The race to replace Mark Meadows in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District was full of unexpected twists and turns almost from the moment it began last December. True to form, the final result was perhaps the most unexpected development - a blowout win.

Voters walk past campaign signs at the Graham Civic Center polling location in Graham, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
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Democrats flipped two open U.S. House seats that they had been favored to win in North Carolina on Tuesday while Republicans defended two seats that had turned into competitive races, leaving the state's congressional delegation with an 8-5 split in favor of the GOP.

A voter leaves a voting site at Agriculture Center in Pittsboro on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 as if to be walking down a red carpet made of political signs.
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Voters in North Carolina made their pick for president while holding negative views about the country’s direction and the nation's economy, according to an expansive AP survey of the American electorate.

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Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper was reelected Tuesday, defeating Republican challenger Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.

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This post will be updated frequently on Nov. 3, 2020 with the latest information and breaking news on election night in North Carolina. The latest updates will be entered at the top with timestamps. Scroll down for older updates.

Civil rights groups in North Carolina are suing law enforcement in Alamance County over the police's pepper spraying of people in a march to the polls last weekend, alleging the action was taken to intimidate voters.

Two lawsuits — one by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the ACLU of North Carolina and the other by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund — were filed on Monday evening on behalf of some of the marchers, ahead of a repeat of the get-out-the-vote rally on Election Day in Graham, N.C.

A Pittsboro polling place with scattered individuals and a thicket of political signage.
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The North Carolina State Board of Elections voted Tuesday to keep four polling places open longer because they opened late, which is expected to delay statewide reporting of results.

A Pittsboro polling place with scattered individuals and a thicket of political signage.
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Election Day has arrived. North Carolinians must visit the polls today or turn in their absentee ballots to get their votes cast in the 2020 election. How will the day go for those voting in person? 

Left to right, top then bottom: Bridget Pittman, Rachel Johnson, Danyelle Dunkett, Kelice Agosto, Asya Coles and Gloria Winston-Harris were at a North Carolina Central University polling place on Nov. 3, 2020.
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This post will be updated frequently on Nov. 3, 2020 with the latest information and breaking news on Election Day in North Carolina. The latest updates will be entered at the top with timestamps. Scroll down for older updates.

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Hannah McKnight, 20, is a "new voter." She's technically a junior at Duke University, but she took the semester off and started spending the past several weeks at the downtown Durham bus terminal. That's where she helped start Durham Drives.

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There’s a good chance that Americans won’t know the winner of Tuesday’s presidential election when they go to bed that night, but North Carolinians should have a decent idea of who will win in their state.

North Carolina's elections office is predicting that at the end of Election Day it will be able to tally and report at least 97% of all ballots cast.

Women listen during a drive-in rally for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Cellairis Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.
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Campaign contributions are considered a form of speech, and in the 2020 election, women are shouting.

More than ever, women are reaching deeper into their pockets to help sway elections. In North Carolina, those donations favor Democrats.

Voters line up at the Alamance County Annex Building, a polling site in Graham, NC. Saturday was the final day of North Carolina's early voting period.
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The mood at an Alamance County polling site in Graham on Saturday was fairly festive. It was a mild and sunny Halloween. Volunteers at a table set up by Down Home North Carolina offered voters coffee, donuts and safety kits with gloves and masks.

Lakewood Elementary's Community Schools Coordinator Anna Grant greets families and offers voting information at the school's drive thru Fall Fest event on Oct. 31, 2020.
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Early voting has concluded – and more than 4.5 million people have already cast ballots in North Carolina.

Demonstrators knelt for eight minutes near site of Confederate monument in Graham, N.C., on Saturday, October 31, 2020, the last day of early voting. Shortly after, police pepper sprayed and arrested eight people.
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Updated at 4:20 p.m. on 11/1/2020

The organizer of a get-out-the-vote rally in North Carolina that ended with police pepper-spraying and arresting participants is planning another march on Election Day.

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Two women from southern Wake County are running for a seat in the North Carolina state House.

Incumbent Sydney Batch and challenger Erin Pare have very different backgrounds and ideas on how the state should be run. But their hectic, every day lives during campaign season share many similarities.

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