ELECTIONS

Stein looks to bypass Democratic primary fight for governor

Surprising no one, Attorney General Josh Stein launched his candidacy for governor on Wednesday morning.

Hardister launches campaign for labor commissioner

N.C. Rep. Jon Hardister, R-Guilford, made it official on Wednesday: He'll run for labor commissioner in 2024. Hardister, the House majority whip, said last month he was considering a run. He'll face fellow Rep. Ben Moss, R-Richmond, and possibly others, in the Republican primary following Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson's decision …

Contested race emerges to lead N.C. Democrats

It’s no secret that many N.C. Democrats are unhappy with their party’s leadership after an unimpressive showing in the 2022 elections. While the current chair, former Rep. Bobbie Richardson of Franklin County, announced that she’ll seek a second term, she won’t be running unopposed.

Inflation hits campaign contribution limits

Here’s an unfortunate sign of the economic times: The maximum campaign contribution for state races is increasing by $800 per election, from $5,600 to $6,400.

Candidate Watch: Council of State

Hal Weatherman, the former chief of staff and campaign manager for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, has filed paperwork to run for lieutenant governor in 2024.

Case will test free speech for election board members

The Dobson election wasn’t the only Surry County election drama on the State Board of Elections’ agenda Monday. The board also considered a petition from longtime election watchdog Bob Hall – as well as several left-leaning advocacy groups – seeking to remove the two Republican members of the Surry elections …

New election ordered in Surry County

John Jonczak isn’t dead. And thanks to a unanimous vote Monday by the State Board of Elections, neither is his candidacy for the Dobson town commission.

Ruling shows it’s possible to draw districts that both parties can live with

Friday’s redistricting ruling from the N.C. Supreme Court was another not-surprising decision that fell along party lines.

Robinson's sky-high primary poll numbers

Bad news for Republicans who don’t want Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson to be their nominee for governor in 2024: He’s extremely popular with primary voters compared to other potential GOP candidates.

Candidate Watch: Lieutenant governor

Former U.S. Senate candidate Chris Rey has filed paperwork to run for lieutenant governor in 2024.

Legislative credentials not a slam dunk in local races

Several current and former legislators ran for less-prominent elected offices this year and lost.

Candidate Watch: Secretary of State

Gaston County Commission Chairman Chad Brown, a Republican, has filed paperwork to run for secretary of state in 2024.

NC has its own December runoff election

While all eyes will be on Georgia next week for the Senate runoff there, North Carolina will have a runoff election too – for an extremely small group of voters.

Mail-in ballot signature matching still contentious

There was one partisan disagreement that bubbled up during Tueday’s Board of Elections meeting – and it’s one that might result in legislative action next year.

Election canvass finalizes results with no snafus

For all the fears of a chaotic, contentious election process, North Carolina’s midterm proved to be about as smooth and mundane as possible.