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May 10, 2018

North Carolina mayor-elect arrested for DWI after victory

SHARPSBURG (AP) The newly elected mayor of a North Carolina town has been charged with driving while impaired moments after his victory. News outlets report Robert Williams Jr. was elected mayor of Sharpsburg on May 8, a year after he lost the race by three votes. In a rematch ordered by a Wake County judge, […]

May 9, 2018

Primaries narrow the choices for NC legislative elections

RALEIGH (AP) Added redistricting, retirements and open seats in North Carolina’s General Assembly led to primary election victories May 8 by candidates distinct from the state capital’s power brokers. The otherwise sleepy races picking major-party candidates for most of the legislature’s 170 seats were juiced by competition caused by mid-decade redistricting. Federal judges orde[...]

Apr 9, 2018

Court clerk: Despite memo, staff not required to campaign

MOUNT AIRY (AP) The clerk of court in one North Carolina county said she never meant to require any of her employees to work for her re-election even though that’s what a leaked memo said. After the memo was published, Surry County Clerk of Court Teresa O’Dell said that she doesn’t require staff to work for […]

Jul 25, 2016

NC Rep. Jeter resigns and takes name off November ballot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A House Republican opposed to building toll lanes on Interstate 77 in Charlotte is resigning from office and taking his name off November’s ballot. Several news outlets reported that Rep. Charles Jeter sent out a news release saying he loves serving the people of North Carolina, but can’t continue to do […]

Mar 21, 2016

As 2016 race goes on, states debate election costs

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona officials are getting tired of footing the $6 million bill for the state’s presidential primary and want to foist the cost onto the political parties as states around the country weigh the cost of the contests. Colorado may go the other direction, bringing back state-run primaries. Utah lawmakers voted to scrap […]

Dec 22, 2015

Brannon joins race against Burr on last day of filing

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The second-place finisher to Thom Tillis in the 2014 Republican U.S. Senate primary joined the race against U.S. Sen. Richard Burr on Monday, giving the two-term incumbent from Winston-Salem a challenger who received more than a quarter of the vote in the last primary. Greg Brannon of Cary joins a field […]

Apr 16, 2015

NC House considers shifting judicial races back to partisan

RALEIGH (AP) — Republicans want candidates for North Carolina appellate court judgeships to reveal their party affiliation on the ballot. The House scheduled floor debate Thursday to shift races for state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals back to being partisan races. They’ve officially been nonpartisan races for more than 10 years. Bill supporters say […]

Nov 5, 2014

Exit poll: Obama and economy concerns boost Tillis

RALEIGH (AP) — Thom Tillis built his win Tuesday in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race on voters who were overwhelmingly concerned about the economy and dissatisfied with President Barack Obama, exit polling shows. Voters identified the economy as a top issue as they left the polls, and it had been a major theme of Tillis’s […]

Oct 9, 2014

19 candidates in appeals court race makes ‘ballot drop-off’ a concern

As a candidate running for election in a non-partisan judicial race, it can be difficult to get your name out there — all the more so when there are 18 other names on your ballot to compete with. That’s the challenge facing the 19 candidates running for an eight-year term on North Carolina’s Court of […]

Sep 23, 2014

Groups disclose $1.6M for NC legislative races

Two closely-linked outside groups poised to target Republican candidates for the North Carolina legislature have disclosed how much money they now have to work with in the fall campaign's final weeks.

May 7, 2014

Hudson, Levinson prepare for general election in Supreme Court race

A much talked-about and controversial attack ad aimed at North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson appears not to have had much effect on Tuesday’s primary election. Hudson, with 43 percent of the vote, and Mecklenburg County Superior Court judge Eric Levinson, with 36 percent, advanced to face each other in the November general election […]

Nov 8, 2012

Winners and losers (legal edition)

Winner: The North Carolina Bar Association. It wanted more people to pay attention to the judicial elections and, boy, did they ever!

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