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Nov 23, 2016

2004 NC Race May Have Set Precedent For Governor’s Outcome

Governor Pat McCrory has asked for a recount even as election officials are still counting votes and reviewing challenges. With North Carolina’s governor’s race still undecided after two weeks, political observers are taking another look at the disputed 2004 election for state superintendent of public instruction. Andrew Taylor, political science, featured. 

Nov 22, 2016

NC Gov. Pat McCrory Files for Recount as Challenger’s Lead Grows

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has formally requested a statewide recount of votes in his close race with Democratic challenger Roy Cooper, as pressure mounts on the incumbent Republican to concede two weeks after the election. Steve Greene, political science, featured. 

Nov 9, 2016

As NC Goes Red, Wake County Continues Along Its Own Blue Path

If the results hold, Wake County could potentially help North Carolina become the only state that supported a Republican president but elected a Democratic governor. Political experts say McCrory may have fared better in Wake if he hadn’t supported House Bill 2, but “drawn to Trump because of his issues on immigration and trade, or that they’re anti-establishment.” Andy Taylor, political science, featured. 

Nov 8, 2016

North Carolina Basks—and Sweats—in Election Spotlight

The 2016 election could hinge on the Tar Heel State, and with the polls now open, the cross currents here can be mind-boggling. Most analysts agree it will be nearly impossible for Trump to win the White House without North Carolina's 15 electoral votes, which Mitt Romney won in 2012. Steve Greene, political science, featured. 

Nov 8, 2016

Nail Biting: North Carolina’s New Norm

North Carolina is one of a small number of states including Florida, Georgia and Virginia that have become such a varied mixture of the new and the traditional Southern that they no longer fit into a neat mold and should probably have their own category. Andy Taylor, political science, featured. 

Nov 7, 2016

Are Trump and Clinton Through Flirting With NC?

North Carolina has been becoming more important in presidential balloting because we are "flippable.” In 2008, Barack Obama beat John McCain by 14,000 votes of 4.3 million cast here, and then lost in 2012 to Mitt Romney by about two percentage points. Steven Greene, political science, featured. 

Nov 7, 2016

Who Are North Carolina’s Voters?

North Carolina's geography is as diverse as its residents, and the state's electoral importance has never been so important. Steve Greene, political science, featured. 

Nov 1, 2016

U.S. House Incumbents in North Carolina Have Outraised Their Challengers By Millions

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. Gerrymandered districts have something to do with that. Mark Nance, political science, featured. 

Oct 29, 2016

Should Raleigh, Absent From This Year’s Ballot, Change Its Elections Format?

A majority of Raleigh’s City Council say they’d prefer to serve longer terms and, with turnout low compared with presidential election years, some say they’re willing to reassess the city’s entire election format. Andy Taylor, political science, featured. 

Oct 24, 2016

In North Carolina, Moderates Have Their Pitchforks Out

Many people across the state’s political spectrum are disappointed in a governor who ran as a moderate and then spent four years approving the Republican legislature’s hard-right policies. By damaging three things North Carolinians care about most—their national image as a progressive southern state, their ability to attract business and their beloved college basketball—HB2 stoked anger many former McCrory supporters have felt for years. Steve Greene, political science, featured.