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Saturday May 28th

North Carolina Politics


Police follow protesters in the streets of Raleigh on Nov. 3, 2020.

Dual protests in Raleigh follow announcement of Biden as president-elect

After Joe Biden was announced as the president-elect Saturday, people took to the streets in Raleigh, some celebrating Biden's victory and others falsely calling it fraudulent. Supporters of President Donald Trump marched to the North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh, chanting “Stop the steal" to question the legitimacy of the election result. Two blocks away at the Halifax Mall, a collective of North Carolina organizations, called Team Democracy, held a peaceful rally supporting “counting all the votes and respecting the results.”

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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a rally ahead of Super Tuesday at St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Later that day, Biden won the South Carolina primary.

Former Vice President Joe Biden projected to win U.S. presidency in close race

President Donald Trump had the lead in North Carolina over former Vice President Joe Biden as of midnight, leading by 1.39 percent, according to unofficial results. 117,000 absentee ballots in North Carolina have yet to be returned, according to the N.C. State Board of Elections.  This is larger than the number of votes Trump has over Biden as of midnight on Tuesday, which was 76,380. In North Carolina, absentee ballots received by Nov. 12 will be counted in the election. 

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UNC sophomore Samantha Beecham puts on an "I Voted" sticker after voting at the Carrboro Town Hall on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020.

'A vote for our democracy': Youth poised to make big impact in 2020 election

With less than a week until Election Day, 3.8 million North Carolinians have already cast their ballots, a state in which young voters have turned out at a rate almost four times higher than at this point in 2016.   An index from CIRCLE, the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University, ranked North Carolina as the second state in the nation where the youth vote can have a significant impact on the presidential election. From reports of apocalyptic wildfires on the West Coast and ongoing protests against systemic racism, to the pandemic that has gone unchecked since March, the youth of America have come face-to-face with the intersection of politics and daily life, and as a result are hyper-aware of what's going on in their country. 

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