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Democrats aim to catch up to Trump’s 2020 cash advantage
WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats are narrowing Donald Trump’s early spending advantage, with two billionaire White House hopefuls joining established party groups to target the president in key battleground states that are likely to determine the outcome of next year’s election.
Two leading Democratic outside groups, Priorities USA and American Bridge, are ramping up operations. The organization ACRONYM recently pledged to spend $75 million. And former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged to spend $100 million on ads targeting Trump, while California billionaire Tom Steyer promised $50 million.
The billionaires have come under fire from some Democratic rivals for trying to buy the presidency. But the influx of cash could still soothe anxiety from some corners of the party that Trump was off to an unprecedented early start in the 2020 advertising wars.
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Candidate fling opens for 2020 elections in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina officially kicks off the 2020 campaign with the opening of candidate filing for hundreds of elected positions such as governor and U.S. senator, in the state legislature and on the courts.
The State Board of Elections and all county boards begin taking candidate paperwork and filing fees at midday Monday. The filing period ends at noon Dec. 20.
Primaries will be held March 3 between multiple candidates from the same party vying for the same job.
Candidates for president follow a different process to get on ballots. And the state board won’t take congressional candidate filings for now because judges blocked them while a new set of U.S. House district boundaries is scrutinized.
Elected officials already seeking reelection include Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican Sen. Thom Tillis.
New North Carolina Congress map up for state judges’ review
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina judges are deciding whether a U.S. House district map that Republican state legislators approved last month should be used in the 2020 elections or be redrawn yet again.
A three-judge panel scheduled a court hearing for Monday to review what’s happened since October when it blocked the use of the 13 district boundaries approved in 2016 because they were likely unlawful partisan gerrymanders.
The GOP-controlled General Assembly created a new map, which appears to threaten election prospects for two Republican incumbents. But Democratic and unaffiliated voters who challenged the 2016 map say it doesn’t fix problems of extreme partisan bias.
North Carolina candidate filing begins Monday, but the judges ordered the state board not to accept congressional paperwork while maps are being examined.
Teen charged in Virginia slaying is arrested in N Carolina
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A 17-year-old charged in a deadly Thanksgiving shooting in Virginia has been caught by authorities in North Carolina.
Citing a Fairfax County police statement, news outlets report the teen was arrested Friday in Buncombe County, North Carolina, on charges of murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. Authorities didn’t immediately release his identity.
The teen is accused of shooting 30-year-old Ever Deras-Borjas, of Springfield, on Thursday. Deras-Borjas’ official cause of death is pending an autopsy. Authorities said the shooting wasn’t believed to be a random act of violence. They later learned the suspect may have fled to North Carolina.
Police say the teen will remain in the custody of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office pending extradition to Virginia. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.
Buttigieg turns to black pastor to discuss racism, poverty
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Pete Buttigieg has turned to a black pastor and civil rights activist in North Carolina in his effort to win over black voters, whose support is vital to his Democratic presidential bid.
Buttigieg attended Sunday services in Goldsboro, North Carolina, at the Rev. William Barber’s Greenleaf Christian Church. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, stayed for a discussion of economic inequality, a focus of Barber’s revival of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign.
The visit held dual value for Buttigieg, illustrating his ability to tackle racial justice issues critically important to African-Americans and giving him a chance to portray his agenda as bigger than appealing to one specific voting bloc. He also hoped to lay out his plans for the black community through their shared Christian values.
Police investigate double shooting
KINSTON, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina are investigating a shooting that left two men injured.
Kinston Police said they responded to a call of a shooting Sunday morning and found two men with gunshot wounds.
Police said 30-year-old Rashad Perry and 18-year-old Philo Dade-el were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Police said neither of the men suffered life-threatening injuries.
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Buttigieg going to North Carolina for Rev. Barber visit
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) is visiting eastern North Carolina as he works to improve his standing in a Super Tuesday state and with black voters.
Buttigieg is attending Sunday morning services at the Goldsboro church led by civil rights leader the Rev. William Barber. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, also plans to speak at Greenleaf Christian Church afterward on poverty issues.
While Buttigieg has gained ground in Iowa and New Hampshire, he’s struggled to rally black voters. A recent poll found just 1% of African Americans in South Carolina support Buttigieg. He’s also faced criticism following the South Bend shooting death of an African American man by a white police officer.
Barber is co-chairman of the national Poor People’s Campaign and a former North Carolina NAACP president.
Police: pawn shop employee shot
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a pawn shop employee was shot while locking up his store.
Fayetteville Police said 63-year-old Ronald Ruple was closing up Bragg Pawn Shop Saturday night when a man shot him in the leg.
Police said Ruple drew his own weapon and fired back at the suspect. The suspect fled into the woods and is still at large, police said.
Police said a preliminary investigation indicated the shooting could have been part of an attempted robbery.