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Cooper rakes in millions more than Forest in election leadup
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper entered the final weeks of his reelection campaign having significantly outraised his opponent. Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest took in nearly $4 million from July 1 to Oct. 17. Cooper received more than $17 million during that time. The bulk of contributions to Forest came from individual donors. Cooper got most of his money from outside political groups. Democrats in other statewide races have raised substantially more than Republicans. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is spending aggressively to elect Democrat Yvonne Holley for lieutenant governor. Holley is a state House member running against Republican Mark Robinson.



‘Our heart breaks’: South digs out from Zeta’s wrath
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Trees on top of buses and cars. Roofs ripped off homes. Boats pushed onshore. Hundreds of thousands of people left in the dark. Hurricane Zeta has come and gone, but residents across the South are still digging out from the Category 2 storm that made landfall in Louisiana before racing northeast and out to sea. Six deaths have been linked to the storm. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says the damage was “catastrophic” in Grand Isle, a barrier island community south of New Orleans that was one of the hardest-hit areas. Zeta was the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season.



Town says Black Lives Matter signs to remain at polling site
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina State Board of Elections ordered the town of Carrboro to remove Black Lives Matter signs from its voting site after receiving complaints, but the town says the signs will stay put. Carrboro is a small town west of Chapel Hill that is known for its progressive stances. In a letter to Carrboro officials, elections board executive director Karen Brinson Bell said there were several complaints about the signs from voters. Bell says the flags could be interpreted as an official endorsement by the board of elections in favor of a particular movement. But officials have rebuffed Bell’s order.



Storm halts Tillis stops; Cunningham discreet in campaigning
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Severe weather has prevented North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis from making campaign appearances with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and President Donald Trump. High winds and storms from the remnants of Hurricane Zeta on Thursday caused the cancellation of a morning campaign event in Greensboro with Christie and postponed Trump’s evening rally in Fayetteville. Tillis already has appeared this week with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and has events scheduled with former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham has kept to small, unannounced events, particularly since he recently acknowledged exchanging suggestive texts with a woman who’s not his wife.



N. Carolina-based research testing firm to expand at home
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina-based contract research testing company for the biotechnology and drug industries says it will expand its operations in the Research Triangle area and create about 880 more jobs by 2027. áBioAgilytix Labs LLC and Gov. Roy Cooper announced the $62 million investment for Durham County on Thursday. BioAgilytix also considered expanding in the Boston area but instead chose Durham, where it currently has 350 workers. The expansion was revealed minutes after a state government panel awarded financial incentives to the company that could reach almost $19 million in cash over 12 years if BioAgilytix exceeds job-creation and capital spending thresholds. 



Taking a stand has new meaning in heavily litigated election
The United States is barreling toward Election Day in what is believed to be the most litigated race in American history. Even seemingly mundane issues like where poll watchers can stand are turning into legal disputes in some states. Lawsuits by the hundreds already have been filed as both Democrats and Republicans try to settle in court a process that is usually determined by citizens simply casting ballots. The legal action runs along a broad spectrum, from a dispute over whether guns are allowed near polling places to more complicated matters that already have reached the Supreme Court.



Letters, texts, caravans, parades: Advocates mobilize voters
In the best of times, it’s a massive logistical challenge to get millions out to vote. In 2020, the difficulty has been dramatically compounded: by fear of the coronavirus, by complications and confusion over mail-in ballots, by palpable anxiety over the bitter divisions in the country. As early voting has surged dramatically, advocates behind the scenes have been mobilizing in myriad ways, from volunteer letter-writers to block associations to national movements, from college marching bands to lone violinists, from fleets of minivans to bicycle parades to horseback rides to the polls in Indian Country.



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