2012 Presidential Election

State of Things
12:08 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

The Final Day of the DNC

The Democratic National Convention is in Queen City. And the streets of uptown Charlotte are crowded with delegates, politicians, reporters, police, and protesters. Tonight President Obama will take the stage and formally accept his party’s nomination. Host Frank Stasio will be joined by WUNC reporter Dave DeWitt to talk about the buzz at the DNC.

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Politics & Government
9:15 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Carolina Pride In Abundance At DNC

The second night of the Democratic Convention in Charlotte was highlighted by a rousing speech from former President Bill Clinton. But it also featured a number of North Carolina connections, including remarks by former Governor Jim Hunt. As Dave DeWitt reports from Charlotte, the event is showcasing the state and its largest city.

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Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Jesse Jackson Speaks To NC Delegation

A variety of speakers came to address the North Carolina delegation to the Democratic Convention this morning. It was a national figure with North Carolina ties who really got the crowd pumped up.

Jesse Jackson is a proud graduate of North Carolina A&T. And he used much of his off-the-cuff speech to the 188-person state delegation to talk about the importance of the New South to President Obama's re-election. At the top of the list was getting out the vote.

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Politics & Government
4:35 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Harvey Gantt Leaves A Legacy In NC

29-year-old Barack Obama, still in Harvard Law School, wearing a Harvey Gantt For U.S. Senate t-shirt
Harvey Gantt

This week at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, elected officials from this state will be in the spotlight. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Governor Bev Perdue spoke last night, and former Governor Jim Hunt will get his chance later today.

It’s also a big moment for others who paved the way. Harvey Gantt was the first black mayor of Charlotte. He also ran twice against Jesse Helms for the U.S. Senate. And without the trails he blazed in the second half of the 20th century, this convention, and his adopted state, would be very different.

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Politics & Government
3:43 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

NC Democratic Delegates Ready To Go

The Democratic National Convention is underway in Charlotte. As Dave DeWitt reports, the state's delegates are raring to go.

G.K. Butterfield: "These conventions are about energizing your vote and winning elections!"

Dave DeWitt: Democratic Congressman G.K. Butterfield fired up the delegation at a breakfast this morning. The state's 188 delegates and alternates heard from elected officials on the importance of this week in Charlotte, and of taking their enthusiasm out into the field once the convention is over.

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan…

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Romney And Obama Fighting For NC Votes

The Democratic Convention begins today in Charlotte. The Democrats picked the city because they believed North Carolina would again be a crucial battleground state – and they hoped the convention would give them a boost in trying to win it for President Barack Obama. But at least according to one poll, the President trails Republican Mitt Romney in North Carolina. The Democrats are hoping to use the new demographics of the South to defy the pollsters.

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Politics & Government
4:06 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Elon Poll: Romney Leads Obama In NC

The Democratic Convention begins today in Charlotte. The Democrats chose to come to North Carolina’s largest city to boost their chances here in the fall election. But as Dave DeWitt reports, at least one recent poll has Republican Mitt Romney pulling ahead.

The Elon Poll gives Romney a 4-point lead. The poll was conducted during the Republican Convention last week. It polled more than 1,000 likely voters.

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Independents Wary Of Conventions

North Carolina has one of the fastest growing groups of independent voters in the country. About one quarter of the state's registered voters are unaffiliated. And those unaffiliated voters are expected to play a big role in determining the outcome of the presidential race. About a year ago, a group of unaffiliated voters formed a new non-partisan organization called North Carolina Independents. Jessica Jones met with three of its members to see what they think of this week's Republican National Convention.

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

GOP's Paul Ryan Stumps In Raleigh

Congressman Paul Ryan is back in North Carolina this week. Today he’s scheduled to take part in a defense industry round-table discussion in Fayetteville.  But yesterday in Raleigh – it was all about raising money and rallying the troops.

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Politics & Government
4:35 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

GOP VP Candidate Paul Ryan Visits Raleigh

Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke at a campaign rally in Raleigh today. The Wisconsin congressman's appearance marks his second visit to North Carolina since being named Mitt Romney's running mate. He met supporters at a sheet metal design company that he toured shortly before taking the stage. Ryan continued delivering the message of what the G-O-P says is the president's failed plans to create jobs. He used North Carolina as the example.

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