Election 2014

Walker Defeats Fjeld to Win 6th District Seat

RALEIGH (AP) — Republican Mark Walker has been elected to represent North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District, replacing retiring U.S. Rep. Howard Coble.

Walker defeated Democrat Laura Fjeld, a lawyer from Hillsborough. Walker is a Baptist minister from Greensboro.

According to returns tabulated by The Associated Press, Walker was leading Fjeld with about 59 percent of the vote.

During Fjeld’s concession speech, she thanked her family, campaign team and supporters.

Fjeld said she was proud to have met so many people across the ten county district.

“Is true to his pledge, that he really does care about the working and middle class families in North Carolina, that he will work in a bipartisan way. He has said he will, I hope he will,” said Fjeld.

When asked if she would make another political run she answered with, “Tomorrow is another day.”

The 6th district stretches north from High Point to the Virginia state line. Coble, a Republican, has held the seat since 1985.

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US Rep. Price Re-Elected, Defeating Wright

RALEIGH, N.C. — U.S. Rep. David Price has won re-election to a 14th term representing North Carolina’s 4th Congressional District.

The incumbent Democrat from Chapel Hill defeated Republican Paul Wright, a retired state judge from Mount Olive. According to returns tabulated by The Associated Press, Price was leading Wright with about 77 percent of the vote.

Price serves on the House Appropriations Committee and is a ranking member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.

The 4th district stretches east from Burlington to include parts of Raleigh and Fayetteville.

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US Rep. Foxx Wins 6th Term in NC’s 5th District

RALEIGH, N.C. — U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx has won a sixth term in the U.S. House from North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District in the northwestern corner of the state.

The 71-year-old Republican led Tuesday with almost 61 percent of the vote in unofficial returns over software developer Josh Brannon of Vilas.

Foxx, a former state senator and community college president from Banner Elk, has won her general elections by comfortable margins since she was first elected in 2004.

Foxx has been a critic of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, and she earned the endorsement of the National Rifle Association.

The 5th District includes the suburbs around Winston-Salem and heads west through the mountains to the northwest corner of the state.

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US Rep. Jones Re-Elected, Defeating Adame

Rep. Walter Jones

RALEIGH, N.C. — U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. has won re-election to an 11th term representing North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District.

The incumbent Republican from Farmville defeated Democrat Marshall Adame, a retired U.S. Marine. According to early returns tabulated by The Associated Press, Jones had captured roughly 63 percent of the vote.

Jones serves on the House Armed Services Committee.

The 3rd District stretches east from Greenville to include Jacksonville, parts of Wilmington and much of the North Carolina coastline.

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US Rep. McHenry Re-Elected, Defeating MacQueen

RALEIGH, N.C. — U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry has won re-election to a sixth term representing North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District.

The incumbent Republican defeated Democrat Tate MacQueen, a public school teacher from Asheville. According to returns tabulated by The Associated Press, McHenry was leading MacQueen with about 57 percent of the vote.

McHenry serves as the chief deputy whip of the House GOP, as well as on the House Financial Services Committee.

The 10th district includes parts of seven counties in western North Carolina, stretching from Asheville to the Charlotte suburbs.

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Candidates Make Final Push Ahead of Election Day

CHARLOTTE—Monday is the final full day of campaigning ahead of Election Day Monday.

North Carolina’s U.S. Senate candidates will be out stumping for last minute votes across the state.

Senator Kay Hagan and NC House Speaker Thom Tillis will both be out trying to secure the votes needed in this race that could potentially tip the balance of power in the U.S. Senate.

Tillis will be campaigning in Charlotte later on Monday. He will be joining volunteers on a get out the vote effort, making phone calls at campaign offices in the Queen City and also in Cornelius.

Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum is alco campaigning for Tillis and North Carolina Republicans when he visits the Gaston GOP on Monday.

Sen. Kay Hagan will continue her push to hang onto her seat, and is set to campaign in Cary on Monday as well.

She’ll be hosting an event at her campaign office there. On Friday she was joined by former president Bill Clinton for a rally in Raleigh.

While the two senate candidates are trying to drum up last minute support, many voters have already made their choice in this election and cast their ballots through early voting.

This was a record year for early voting in North Carolina, with some 1.1 million people casting ballots compared to about 960,000 early voters during the 2010 mid-term elections.

Polls are open across the state Tuesday for Election Day from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

-Leslie Mayes

Former President Clinton Returns to Triangle to Help Hagan Bid

RALEIGH — Forty-second President Bill Clinton returned to the Triangle to rally support for incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D-North Carolina) for the upcoming mid-term elections.

Clinton spoke to over 1,000 people at the auditorium at Broughton High School in Raleigh Friday afternoon. He first talked about the economy, saying North Carolina holds the country’s future in its hands.

“We going to grow together? Or are we going to go back to trickle down economics and grow apart?” he asked the crowd.

He also spoke about the areas he believes Hagan shines. He says that she’s been a strong advocate for veterans and their healthcare.

Hagan also talked about her platforms, including equal pay, affordable college tuition, as well as the economy.

“My opponent has given tax breaks to the wealthy and rigged the system against our middle class families,” she explained.

Clinton visited Chapel Hill for a Hagan fundraiser in September.

Her opponent, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, is also using his clout. Former Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney visited the state to help campaign for votes.

The race is an important one because it could determine which political party will take control of the U.S. Senate.

Early voting ends Saturday afternoon. The election will be held Tuesday.

– Chris Williams

Early Voting Wraps Up

CHARLOTTE — Saturday marked the final day of early voting ahead of Tuesday’s election.

New voting laws shortened the early voting period by seven days, but it didn’t stop hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians from getting to the polls.

A Civitas-affiliated voting tracker showed nearly 900,000 people had already voted in North Carolina by Friday, more than 13 percent of registered voters. About 47 percent of those early voters are registered Democrats, while about 32 percent are registered Republicans.

An Elon University poll released earlier this week showed incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan with a 4 percent lead over Republican challenger Thom Tillis.

On election day Tuesday, polls will remain open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in all 100 counties.

– Anton Day

City Leaders Drum Up Last Minute Bond Support

CHARLOTTE— On Friday morning, Charlotte city leaders got into the Halloween spirit to try to drum up last minute support for the bond questions on this fall’s ballot.

Calling themselves “Trick or Treating Traffic Teams,” council members and supporters greeted rush hour commuters at intersections around the city, handing out candy and asking residents to vote “yes” on the three ballot items that would issue $146 million in bonds to fund city road improvement, affordable housing and neighborhood projects.

“We will do anything to get people to get out and vote, and so we’re standing here on these street corners encouraging people to vote, specifically for the bonds,” said Charlotte City Council member Patsy Kinsey.

“If somebody is crazy enough to get out in the cold in 42 degree weather, it must be important” said council member David Howard.

Council members say they’re they’re hoping the unconventional approach will get voters’ attention and remind them to vote until the end of the ballot to get to the three questions approved—measures they say will make a big difference in the city.

“I think everybody understands we have to make investment in roads. They sit in traffic everyday. They understand our neighborhood infrastructure is eroded,” said Howard.

“What the city is able to do with bonds is borrow money very cheaply and do things that quite frankly we couldn’t do through the general fund” said Kinsey.

To see a sample ballot for your community, including the three city bonds questions, visit http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/BOE/voter/Pages/Voting-Info-Lookup.aspx.

– Leslie Mayes

NC US Senate Campaigning Exceeds $100 Million

RALEIGH — There has been ad, after ad, after ad this campaign season. All of that advertising has added up to some big bucks.

According to the non-partisan Sunlight Foundation, North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race crossed the $100 million threshold on Wednesday. About $19 million of that spending is from incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan’s campaign and about $8 million from Republican challenger Thom Tillis. That leaves over $72 million from outside interest groups.

“It is staggering,” said David McLennan with Meredith College. “If you look at the previous record of expenditures in the Senate race, the Elizabeth Warren race of couple years ago, we are 20 percent over that. almost 25 percent over that.”

“Both sides are willing to spend here, and match whatever the other does,” said Mac McCorkle with Duke University. “So, there is a real question about whether all this money could have probably been spent more effectively somewhere else. But no one wants to vacate this field. It’s that important.”

In the past two weeks alone, a Kantar Media study shows that there have been over 20,000 ads for this Senate race. About 12,000 of the ads have been for Democrats and 8,000 for Republicans.

Political observers say anecdotal evidence suggests with this much spending it has almost a numbing effect on the public, who actually may have started to tune out to what is being said in the onslaught of ads.

Political observers say with all of the money being spent, it does leave one big question.

“We are in the most expensive race in history, and I think the question is, what has it produced?” said McLennan. “We were close at the beginning of the campaign between the two candidates. We’re close now. So it doesn’t seem to have had that much impact on voters.”

– Loretta Boniti