2016 Election

Trump supporters at rally
Chuck Burton / AP Photo

Jared Yates Sexton’s life changed completely in June 2016. He went to a Trump rally in Greensboro, and while he walked amongst people who reminded him of his own family back in Indiana, he also witnessed the kind of anger and rage that mainstream news outlets were missing from their designated press areas.

UNC Program in the Humanities

We define ourselves based on our beliefs like conservatism, liberalism, socialism, or capitalism. In the 2016 election, these differing ideologies came to the forefront but these ideas are not as timeless as many believe.
 

Frank Stasio speaks with UNC History Professor Lloyd Kramer about the historical emergence of the ideologies that shape day to day relationships and civic engagement. Kramer gives a seminar at the Friday Center on the influence of Western “Isms” on Thursday Feb. 9.

 

Voting sign
Wikipedia Commons

A new report from the Electoral Integrity Project, based at Harvard University and the University of Sydney, indicates that North Carolina can no longer be considered a functioning democracy. 

Jon Eric Johnson

A woman dressed as a 1960s secretary sits in front of a rare vintage typewriter and asks people to engage in something even more rare – to share their unedited political opinions with a stranger. It’s all part of the “I Wish to Say” performance art project created by Sheryl Oring.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper addresses supporters at a rally in Raleigh on Election night.
Brian Batista / WUNC

The protracted gubernatorial race continues across North Carolina. Counties face a deadline to certify local results by the end of the day. Some will do just that, but many others will need an extension into next week to finalize vote counts. And in Durham, an evidentiary hearing takes place to determine if paper ballots should be recounted, following a computer glitch.

Latino residents in Greenville
Jess Clark / WUNC

Reports of racially-motivated harassment continue to pour in across the country after Donald Trump's election as president. One community in North Carolina just held an emergency meeting to try to find solutions to address the harassment Latinos are experiencing there.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper addresses supporters at a rally in Raleigh on Election night.
Brian Batista / WUNC

A special hearing will be held Friday at the Durham County Board of Elections to examine its handling of ballots on Election Night.

Governor Pat McCrory
Catie Ball / WUNC

Durham County Board of Elections Chairman Bill Brian defended his department against allegations of inaccuracy Tuesday.

A complaint filed by the state Republican Party’s general counsel last Friday accuses the board of “malfeasance” in its tallying of votes on Election Day.

Despite winning just 54 percent of the total popular vote, Republicans will hold 64 percent of the legislative seats
Preliminary 2016 election results / N.C. Board of Elections

In the North Carolina General Assembly, the GOP retained veto-proof majorities in both chambers thanks at least in part to gerrymandered legislative districts.

Headshot of Bill Marshall, Kenan Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina
Courtesy Bill Marshall

This past Tuesday, Hillary Clinton won 49 percent of the popular vote while Donald Trump won only 48 percent. Ultimately, Trump took home the presidency because voters don't elect the president, electors do. 

Bill Marshall, a UNC law professor, and former Deputy White House Counsel during the Clinton administration, breaks down how the Electoral College system works, and why it has led to differences between popular and electoral votes in two recent elections.
 

Governor Pat McCrory
Catie Ball / WUNC

While Roy Cooper finished election night with more votes, the race for governor is far from over.

With all 2,704 North Carolina precincts reporting, Cooper held a 2,281,851 to 2,276,850 lead over Pat McCrory, a lead of just 5,001 votes or one-tenth of 1 percent.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper addresses supporters at a rally in Raleigh on Election night.
Brian Batista / WUNC

If Roy Cooper holds on to defeat Pat McCrory for North Carolina's governor, it will be in large part because of voters who came out with that race – not the presidential race – as the driving factor.

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.

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.

Asian American, Asian American Voters, Election 2016
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

A new report shows Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial demographic in North Carolina.

It also shows this group of largely independent voters could turn out to be a key swing vote in this upcoming election – if they show up at the polls.

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?

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