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PHOTOS: McCrory, Cooper Supporters Wait For Results In Governor's Race

Nov 8, 2016
Roy Cooper
Brian Batista / WUNC

North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory remains locked in a tight race with his Democratic challenger Roy Cooper. McCrory told supporters that the election isn't over and that they need to respect the electoral system.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. greets supporters as he gives his acceptance speech after winning re-election, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Nell Redmond / AP

Richard Burr, the incumbent candidate for North Carolina's seat on the U.S. Senate, secured a win against challenger Democrat Deborah Ross. Burr won 51 percent of the vote to Ross's 45 percent.

Roy and Kristin Cooper
Gerry Broome / AP

The governor’s race between Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Roy Cooper is not over yet. After more than a year of campaigning, the two rivals are separated by fewer than 5,000 votes and this gubernatorial battle is very likely headed for a recount.

Orange County Democratic volunteer Paul Brinich explains the details of a Democratic sample ballot to UNC Chapel Hill student Ashaki George before George enters Chapel Hill First Baptist Church voting site to vote.
Amy Townsend / WUNC

Across North Carolina, voters packed polling places to cast their ballots on a wide range of issues ranging from local bond referendums to a historic presidential race on Tuesday. For many, the end of the contentious election season couldn’t come soon enough.

 

Related: 2016 Election Returns and News

 

LIVE: Presidential Election Coverage

Nov 8, 2016

In the days leading up to Election Day, presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton made a final push to win the battleground state of North Carolina.

a woman walks past a "vote here" sign
Jim Mone / AP

Updated 12:20 a.m.

Republican Richard Burr has defeated Democrat challenger Deborah Ross in the race for U.S. Senate.

“I pledge to you to finish my public service doing all I can to make sure that the next generation feels the full effects of what we can accomplish,” Burr said in his acceptance speech.

Photo: A voting ballot
Flickr Creative Commons/ Ken Zirkel

The 2016 election cycle will hopefully come to a close tonight. Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is expected to become the 45th president-elect of the United States. Yet while that divisive race has dominated the airwaves for much of 2016, many other contests hang in the balance on this Election Day.

A picture of a voting sign.
Tom Arthur / Wikipedia

As the 2016 election nears its end, the question of recounts and protests have arisen. While it’s impossible to predict who might demand a recount or file a protest, here are some guidelines about how such a process might happen.

Photo: A Massachusetts voting station sign
Katri Niemi / Flickr

The 2016 election cycle has been strange, unorthodox, offensive, entertaining, unpredictable, divisive and long.

For more than a year, strategists have tried to use scandals, wedge issues and the media, among other political tools, as candidates chase victory on Election Night. But now, it all comes down to numbers. Here are a few to consider in the final stretch of the campaign.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

The 2016 campaign is officially rounding the last turn and heading into the home stretch. If you are reading  this, you are also someone who has likely refreshed FiveThirtyEight and Real Clear Politics multiple times in the last hour, so without delay, please download today's WUNCPolitics Podcast.

Image of Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie
kenrudinpolitics.com

The campaign season is in the final stretch, and both presidential candidates are making last minute pleas in North Carolina. 

Polls predict a tight race, and candidates up and down the ballot are working to get out the vote. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the election. 

There have been more political advertisements in support of Roy Cooper than Pat McCrory.
The Center for Public Integrity

Roy Cooper widened his fundraising lead over Pat McCrory in the third quarter, according to campaign finance disclosures.

During the quarter, Cooper, the Democratic challenger, raised more than $9 million compared with $5.3 million raised by McCrory, the Republican incumbent governor. That widened the fundraising margin this election cycle to $21.8 million for Cooper and $13.9 million for McCrory, as of Sept. 30.

Clinton, Trump Campaigns Call On Surrogates To Rally Millennial Support In NC

Nov 3, 2016
Fayetteville State University's marching band kicks off the early vote event with President Bill Clinton at the university in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Rishika Dugyala / Medill News Service

Surrogates for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign have fanned out across this battleground state, trying to bridge a perceived enthusiasm gap as Election Day nears.

A picture of a gavel on a table.
Joe Gratz / Flickr Creative Commons

The U.S. Department of Justice announced it will send election monitors to watch the polls in five North Carolina counties. This comes after the state chapter of the NAACP filed a lawsuit alleging local election boards acted illegally when they removed the names of thousands of people from voter registration rolls in three counties within 95 days of the election.

a vote here sign in Carrboro
Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

Jennifer Lietzke picks up toys in the playroom of her Cary home. One son is napping; the other is at school. That offers her a rare moment of relative quiet -- to reflects on politics.

President Obama speaks at UNC Chapel Hill.
Yizhou Jiang / WUNC

President Obama rallied supporters of Hillary Clinton in North Carolina on Wednesday. The president made the case to a crowd in Chapel Hill for Clinton to succeed him in office.

The congregation at New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC took part of an initiative called Souls to the Polls that sought to increase African-American voter turnout in the 2016 general election.
Katie Stephens / WUNC

The battle for votes is in full swing this last week of early voting across North Carolina. Social justice and voting rights groups have been working especially hard to get African Americans to the polls. They say the demographic group holds the key to who wins on November 8th.

Gerrymandered districts have given Republicans an edge in recent years
CQ Press / UNC-Chapel Hill

In a state where political advertisements dominate the airwaves for presidential, senate and gubernatorial races, very little focus has been given to the 13 congressional house races.

Republican U.S. Senator Richard Burr
Kara Lynne Wiley / WUNC

Senator Richard Burr has apologized after apparently joking that a gun magazine didn’t put a bullseye on a photo of Hillary Clinton.

Burr made the comment to a group of Republican volunteers in Mooresville on Saturday. CNN obtained the audio and released it last night.

Photo: A voting ballot
Flickr Creative Commons/ Ken Zirkel

The state chapter of the NAACP is asking a federal court to stop local elections boards from canceling voter registrations.

The lawsuit says the court should restore thousands of voters who have been removed from the rolls in Moore and Beaufort Counties because of individual challenges.

a vote here sign in Carrboro
Elizabeth Baier / WUNC

Millions of North Carolinians will cast ballots this election – and millions will not. With the cacophony of attack ads, character assaults and ambiguous policy positions at a fevered pitch, perhaps the most important political question these days – will you vote?

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

On this episode of the WUNCPolitics podcast, we talk with Loretta Boniti, a senior political reporter at Time Warner Cable.

Political Junkie Ken Rudin
Ken Rudin

Early voting is underway in North Carolina and predictions for which party is leading the state have already emerged. Meanwhile both parties continue actively campaigning in swing states including North Carolina. Republican Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump, is raising a red flag concerning what he says is a rigged election and both parties have turned Trump’s ‘nasty woman’ comment into a rallying cry.
 

Voter stickers
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

Early voter turnout data make it only harder to predict North Carolina elections for president, senate and governor.

On Thursday, a day on which early voting sites increased throughout the state, the only clear trend showed that unaffiliated voters have turned out in higher numbers than before, making a hard-to-predict election that much harder.

Gov. Pat McCrory
NC Governor's Office

Incumbent Governor Pat McCrory spent 14 years as the mayor of the state's largest city, Charlotte, before making a run at the governor's mansion. He lost his 2008 bid but won the gubernatorial race in 2012. Four years later, he faces a tight battle with democratic challenger Attorney General Roy Cooper. Campaign issues include House Bill 2, voter identification, the state of the economy and body cameras. Host Frank Stasio talks with Governor Pat McCrory about his priorities and his re-election bid.  

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