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North Carolina Voter Guide For The 2016 Election

Oct 20, 2016
Voters fill out their ballots at the Hamilton County Board of Elections as early voting begins statewide, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in Cincinnati.
John Minchillo / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will top the ballot for voters this November. But other races will also be important to North Carolina voters, including the race for Governor, U.S. Senate, Attorney General and state Supreme Court. Here's a guide to sift through the important questions as voting gets underway.

2016 Attorney General candidates Josh Stein and Buck Newton (right)
NC Legislature

The two candidates in this year's race for attorney general have held highly influential positions in the General Assembly. 

Democrat Josh Stein is the former minority whip in the state Senate from Raleigh. He also served as an attorney in the state Justice Department.

Buck Newton is a current state Senator from Wilson who was instrumental in writing the language of the law known as HB2.

Fact Check Of The Final Presidential Debate

Oct 19, 2016
A television camera operator tests his position during a rehearsal for the third presidential debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at UNLV in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.
Patrick Semansky / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off tonight for a third and final presidential debate. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, are annotating the debate live.

Governor Pat McCrory talks with reporters after the final gubernatorial debate on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
Logan Ulrich / WUNC

With early voting set to begin, North Carolina residents got another side-by-side look of Governor Pat McCrory and Attorney General Roy Cooper Tuesday night. The two sparred – along with Libertarian Lon Cecil - over a range of topics in their final scheduled gubernatorial debate.

Roy Cooper and Pat McCrory
File photo / WUNC

In North Carolina, liberal groups have outspent conservatives on television, and Roy Cooper has outraised Pat McCrory, according to the most recent campaign finance reports available.

Cooper had raised 47 percent more money from 76 percent more contributions than McCrory through June 30, the most recent date for which campaign finance information is available.

Headshot of N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Edmunds.
Courtesy of Justice Bob Edmunds

Down-ballot races in North Carolina do not generally conjure the hearty debate and civic attention of higher profile elections. But this year, the race for a seat on North Carolina's Supreme Court may also carry a significant ideological shift.

Candidates in the race for North Carolina's governor, from left to right: Libertarian Lon Cecil,  Democrat Roy Cooper and Republican incumbent Pat McCrory.
submitted photos / WUNC

The top three candidates in the race for governor are ready to square off in one last debate. 

Republican incumbent Pat McCrory, Democrat Roy Cooper and Libertarian Lon Cecil will debate at 7 p.m. in Raleigh tonight. 

North Carolina House Chamber
Jessica Jones / WUNC

Throughout the state, legislative incumbents are facing familiar challengers.

In 13 North Carolina legislative races this year, the incumbent faces the exact same challenger as two years ago. In some of these rematches, the margin of victory last election was close, and the loser will need to flip only a few hundred votes to come out on top in 2016.

Speaker of the House Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger on the first day of this year's legislative session.
Jessica Jones / WUNC

Even if Roy Cooper takes up residence in the executive mansion, Democrats face a tough challenge in the General Assembly to break a veto-proof majority that Republicans hold in both legislative chambers.

Orange County GOP Office
Credit: NC GOP

Updated 10:26 a.m., October 18, 2016

 

The Orange County Democratic Party says someone spray-painted its headquarters in Carrboro on the same day someone set fire to the Republican headquarters in Hillsborough. 

Donald Trump
Greg Richter / Flickr Creative Commons

Donald Trump held another rally in Greensboro Friday afternoon. The embattled Republican candidate for president wasted no time blasting his opponent, Hillary Clinton, ahead of the last presidential debate next week.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

Longtime political operatives and strategists Carter Wrenn and Gary Pearce sit down with Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii for a comprehensive look at the current and past political landscape in North Carolina.

Steve Hammel (middle), vice president & general manager at WRAL-TV, introduces Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, (left) and former Democratic State Representative Deborah Ross (right) at the first U.S. Senate debate held in Durham on October 13, 2016.
Kara Lynne Wiley / WUNC

North Carolina voters will help to determine the balance of power in the United States Senate next month. Republican Incumbent Richard Burr is seeking a third, which he says will be his final. Democrat Deborah Ross has provided a tougher than expected challenge.

A composite photo of Deborah Ross and Richard Burr
Courtesy of Deborah Ross and Richard Burr campaigns

Incumbent U.S. Senator Richard Burr and challenger Deborah Ross will face off tonight for their only televised debate.

Headshot of Eric Fair, a former interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Amy Cramer

In 2004, photographs capturing extreme abuse of detainees at the American-controlled Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq were released to the public, sparking a humanitarian outcry. That same year, Eric Fair was working as an interrogator at the prison. Fair's new memoir, "Consequence" (Henry Holt/2016) is an unflinching look back at his time at Abu Ghraib and the mental and physical pain he inflicted on detainees as part of military-sanctioned interrogations.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

One this edition of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, we talk swing state dynamics with Chrissie Thompson, Columbus Bureau Chief for the Cincinnati Inquirer.

Roy Cooper and Pat McCrory
File photo / WUNC

Governor Pat McCrory and his challenger Roy Cooper are scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. tonight for their second of three gubernatorial debates.

Fact Check Of The Second Presidential Debate

Oct 9, 2016
A videographer adjust his camera before the start the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.
Julio Cortez / Associated Press

Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off tonight for the second of three presidential debates. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, are annotating the debate live. 

Obama speaking in Mooresville, NC.
The White House

On this episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, we head back eight years ago – almost to the day – when then-Senator Barack Obama held a political rally in Greensboro.

Image of Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie
kenrudinpolitics.com

Vice-presidential candidates Mike Pence and Tim Kaine sparred earlier this week in their only debate of the season.

What did their interactions demonstrate about both campaigns, and how do the vice presidential candidates affect the race? And in the state's gubernatorial race, ad spending reaches new highs. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest. 

Worst. President. Ever.
Lyons Press, 2016

 With just a month to the election, both sides are on the attack, highlighting the shortcomings of their opposition.

Accusations fly as Clinton and Trump vie for the highest office in the country.

But as voters assess who should lead modern America, author Robert Strauss takes a look back at the nation's 15th president, James Buchanan. Strauss traces Buchanan's presidency and declares him the worst president ever. Host Frank Stasio talks with Strauss about his book,"Worst. President. Ever." (Lyons Press/2016). 

FACT CHECK: Vice Presidential Debate

Oct 4, 2016
An official stands on stage during preparations for the vice-presidential debate between Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine in at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.
Patrick Semansky / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence squared off tonight for the first – and only — vice presidential debate. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, annotated the debate live.

Alex Sanz / ASSOCIATED PRESS

First Lady Michelle Obama campaigned for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Charlotte and Raleigh on Tuesday.

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

The shooting of Keith Scott in Charlotte sparked protests and violence and a back-and-forth about releasing police bodycam and dashcam videos.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage at a campaign stop at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016.
Matt Rourke / ASSOCIATED PRESS

During Hillary Clinton's campaign stop in Raleigh Tuesday, she focused heavily on her plans to make the American economy fairer for all families.

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