Archive: 2018 Election

  • Enthusiastic early voters offer few clues about midterm outcomes

    More than 2 million voters cast one-stop early voting and absentee ballots during an 18-day period ending Saturday, astonishing political observers. They are watching whether that enthusiasm spills over to the traditional election day Tuesday, Nov. 6. The high level of turnout may not reflect which…

  • Elections board: More than 2 million early votes cast

    So much for a blue moon. More than 2 million North Carolinians cast ballots during the early voting period, a 73-percent increase over the 2014 midterm election, based on a preliminary count by the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement. As of 3:30 Saturday, Nov. 3, elections boards…

  • Governor’s response to hurricanes key issue in close HD 46 contest

    House District 46 (Robeson and Columbus counties.) • Brenden Jones, Republican. (first-term incumbent). Occupation: Small business owner. Education: Fayetteville Technical Community College, mortuary science associate’s degree. Career highlights: Serves as House majority freshman whip. Former Columbus County Board of Elections chairman. Southeastern Community College Board of Trustees member. Member…

  • Malone-Everitt rematch in HD 35 has Libertarian in the mix

    N.C. House District 35 (Northeast Wake County). • Chris Malone, Republican (three-term incumbent). Occupation: Case Manager – G4S Compliance and Investigations. Education: St. Mary of the Plains College, bachelor’s degree in speech and theatre. Career highlights: House deputy majority whip, chairman of House Appropriations of Health and Human Services,…

  • Redrawn SD 7 pits veteran lawmaker Pate against retired judge Brantley

    Senate District 7 (Lenoir and Wayne counties). • Louis Pate, Republican (four-term Senate incumbent, four-term House member). Occupation: Retired businessman. Education: Golden Gate University, bachelor’s degree, Master’s of Business Administration. Career highlights: Senate Deputy President Pro Tempore. Co-Chairman of Senate committees on Appropriations on Health and Human Services,  Health Care,…

  • Meredith, DeViere offer Cumberland County voters in SD 19 sharp contrast

    Senate District 19 (Cumberland County). • Wesley Meredith, Republican (four-term incumbent). Occupation: Small business owner. Education: Fayetteville Technical Community College, associate’s degree in horticulture technology and management. Career Highlights: General Assembly Republican Majority Whip. Former Fayetteville City Councilman including two years as mayor pro tem. Decorated Army veteran. •…

  • Top budget writer Dollar faces former PTA chief Von Haefen in tight HD 36 race

    House District 36 (Southeastern Wake County). • Nelson Dollar, Republican (seven-term incumbent). Occupation: Media and public relations consultant. Education: Appalachian State University, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social sciences. Career highlights: Senior chairman of House Appropriations Committee, vice chairman of Finance, and Health and Human Services committees. Former Wake…

  • Tightly contested race for open seat in 9th Congressional District seen as national bellwether

    U.S. House District 9 (Anson, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, Union, and parts of Mecklenburg, Bladen, and Cumberland counties.) Mark Harris, Republican. Occupation: Pastor. Education: Appalachian State University, political science degree. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, master’s and doctor of ministry degrees. Career highlights: North Carolina Baptist Convention president; Southeastern Baptist Theological…

  • Steinburg, facing youthful Democrat Phelps, hopes to move from House to Senate in SD 1

    Senate District 1 (Northeastern North Carolina including Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties.) Bob Steinburg, Republican. Occupation: Retired. Education: Upper Iowa University, bachelor’s degree in business administration.  Corning Community College, associate’s degree in retail business management. Career highlights: Member North Carolina House…