Latest North Carolina news, sports, business and entertainment
ELECTION 2020-SENATE-NORTH CAROLINA
Tillis-Cunningham US Senate race too early to call
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Thom Tillis and Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham is too early to call, with many votes yet to be counted. Tillis led Cunningham by nearly 97,000 votes from among more than 5.4 million votes counted through early Wednesday. There were still outstanding mail-in absentee ballots and an unknown number of provisional ballots cast. Tillis celebrated what he called a victory in a speech to supporters Tuesday night. The Associated Press hasn’t yet declared a winner in the race. Cunningham didn’t say anything publicly immediately about the unofficial results
ELECTION 2020-LEGISLATURE-NORTH CAROLINA
Republicans keep control of N. Carolina legislative chambers
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republicans have withstood a massive effort by Democrats to retake both General Assembly chambers. Election results showed GOP legislators winning majorities in the 50-seat Senate and 120-seat House so the party can extend control there for another two years. Democrats had been on a multimillion-dollar spending push to win several additional seats in each chamber and flip power. The GOP majorities mean Republicans will be able in 2021 to redraw district maps for the next decade based on new census figures. And they’ll be able to preserve their decade-long agenda on taxes, regulations and social issues.
ELECTION 2020-GOVERNOR-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wins reelection
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has been reelected, defeating Republican challenger Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. The mild-mannered governor has often been reluctant to criticize President Donald Trump. He has been generally praised for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. However, some complained he was slow to reopen K-12 public schools and certain parts of the economy. Forest often criticized the shuttering of small businesses, including bars, bowling alleys and gyms.
ELECTION 2020-NEWS GUIDE-NORTH CAROLINA
A guide to key down-ballot North Carolina races
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Democrats flipped two open U.S. House seats that they had been favored to win in North Carolina on Tuesday while Republicans defended two seats that had turned into competitive races, leaving the state’s congressional delegation with an 8-5 split in favor of the GOP. áThe congressional races were among key down-ballot races that also included contests that were determining the power balance in the state’s legislature. Republicans maintained control of both legislative chambers.
ELECTION 2020-HOUSE-NORTH CAROLINA
GOP star Madison Cawthorn wins North Carolina US House race
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Young rising GOP star Madison Cawthorn has been elected to represent a North Carolina U.S. House district. The 25-year-old’s win in the 11th Congressional District allows him to fill a vacant seat previously held by Republican Rep. Mark Meadows. Meadows left to serve as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff. Cawthorn defeated Democrat and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Moe Davis. Cawthorn will be one of the youngest people to ever serve in the U.S. Congress. He first drew attention after defeating Trump’s preferred candidate in an upset in the June GOP primary runoff.
ELECTION 2020-HOUSE 8-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina Republican US Rep. Richard Hudson reelected
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson has won reelection to his North Carolina seat in a district that runs through several southern counties. Despite a mandated redrawing of the state’s congressional map that made the race more competitive, the ally of President Donald Trump won the Republican-leaning 8th Congressional District that is located in the southern portion of the state and includes the city of Concord. áHis challenger, Democrat Patricia Timmons-Goodson, had served on North Carolina’s state Supreme Court. Hudson assumed office in 2013 and won his past reelection efforts handily. The closely contested race had included a barrage of television ads from both sides.
ELECTION 2020-HOUSE 2-NORTH CAROLINA
Deborah Ross wins open US House seat in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Democrat Deborah Ross has been elected to an open U.S. House seat in North Carolina over Republican Alan Swain. The outcome in the Raleigh-area district was influenced by a court order that required the state to redraw its congressional map ahead of the 2020 election. The new boundaries in the district were expected to favor Democrats and narrow the GOP’s majority in the state’s congressional delegation. It represented the second district Democrats picked up on Tuesday, giving them five of the state’s 13 U.S. House seats. The seat was previously held by Republican Rep. George Holding, who announced his retirement last year.
ELECTION 2020-SENATE-NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina voters decide most expensive Senate race
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina voters are deciding to give Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis six more years. The first-term senator has been a staunch ally of President Donald Trump but has been criticized for voting to repeal the 2010 health care overhaul. Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham has stressed his service in the Iraq War and as a U.S. Army reserve officer and military prosecutor. But in the final weeks of the campaign he admitted that he had sent sexually suggestive texts to a woman not his wife. Election Day comes after the state has seen record early voting by mail and in person.