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    The 2022 Midterms: Ahead of North Carolina’s primary, district lines and candidates are set, but the outcome will be anyone’s guess.

The 2022 Midterms: Ahead of North Carolina’s primary, district lines and candidates are set, but the outcome will be anyone’s guess.

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Ahead of primary elections in the state on May 17th, Christopher A. Cooper gives an update on how North Carolina’s electoral contests are shaping up. He writes that while the state’s Congressional districts and candidates are now essentially locked in, a crowded field of contenders heading into the primaries makes it difficult to make predictions about where things stand […]

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    The 2022 Midterms: Uncertainty reigns for North Carolina’s electoral lines and candidates

The 2022 Midterms: Uncertainty reigns for North Carolina’s electoral lines and candidates

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This year’s mid-term elections have been further complicated as many states look to redistrict their congressional electoral boundaries. Christopher Cooper reports on the latest from North Carolina, where the State Supreme Court has recently ruled that the district maps drawn by the state’s Republican-led legislature are unconstitutional gerrymanders. He writes that not only are North Carolina’s election boundaries in […]

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    North Carolina’s close Senate race is a puzzle in a purple state

North Carolina’s close Senate race is a puzzle in a purple state

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Many Americans have already begun voting in the 2020 election, not just for president, but for down-ballot races, such as for the US Senate. Chris Cooper looks at the race for North Carolina’s US Senate seat, writing that despite an early durable lead for Democratic challenger, Cal Cunningham, accusations of an extra-marital affair have given incumbent Republican Senator, Thom […]

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    Primary Primers: Why North Carolina may be one of the most important states in the 2020 election

Primary Primers: Why North Carolina may be one of the most important states in the 2020 election

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While political pundits often focus on well-known swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan, North Carolina is often considered to be a red – or Republican – state. Looking at presidential vote share and voter registration data, Christopher Cooper argues that the Tar Heel State is in fact a purple state, and one which could mean the difference between […]

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    Southern Democrats’ split with Republicans over Confederate symbols is more recent than you might think. 

Southern Democrats’ split with Republicans over Confederate symbols is more recent than you might think. 

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Following the recent police killing of George Floyd, recent months have seen Confederate monuments and symbols removed from public display in parts of the Southern US and elsewhere. And while Southern Republicans generally oppose Democrats who are pushing for these changes, this is a relatively recent development, argue Christopher A. Cooper and co-authors. By analysing public opinion data, they find that up until the 1990s, there […]

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    Mark Meadows’ departure has opened the door for a unique Republican runoff election in North Carolina’s 11th District.

Mark Meadows’ departure has opened the door for a unique Republican runoff election in North Carolina’s 11th District.

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While the US presidential primary race is all but over, primary elections for down ballot races continue. Christopher A. Cooper takes a close look at the Republican primary for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District. He writes that the departure of former Representative Mark Meadows to be President Trump’s Chief of Staff has led to an unusual race to replace […]

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    Governors tend to appoint Senators who most resemble voters in the state, rather than ideologues.

Governors tend to appoint Senators who most resemble voters in the state, rather than ideologues.

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For over a century, state governors have had the power to appoint US Senators to vacant seats, a power which runs against the idea of Senators as being democratic representatives. But do governors appoint those with similar ideologies to themselves? In new research which reviewed senate candidates considered by governors to fill vacancies, Christopher Cooper, H. Gibbs Knotts, and […]

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    North Carolina’s close Senate race is a puzzling election in a purple state.

North Carolina’s close Senate race is a puzzling election in a purple state.

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At the beginning of North Carolina’s Senate race many commentators were quick to discount the incumbent Democrat Senator, Kay Hagan’s chance of victory. Christopher Cooper writes that while the policies coming out of the Tar Heel state have been moving to the right, it still remains a purple state. He argues that Hagan’s Republican challenger, Thom Tillis’, connections with […]

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