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General information

Incumbent Roy Cooper (D) vs current Lt. Gov. Dan Forest ( R)

Roy Cooper defeated a Republican incumbent in 2016 in a photo finish. Cooper is enjoying strong public approval for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

More information about Roy Cooper’s term as governor is here

United States Senate

Cal Cunningham (D) vs. incumbent Thom Tillis (one of Trump’s strongest allies)

This race is a battleground race. Sen. Thom Tillis’s (R-N.C.) seat has emerged as a bellwether in the race for control of the Senate.

Information about Cal Cunningham is here.

Latest opinion about Senate races from Washington Post: HERE 

Congressional Races

All thirteen US Congressional seats are up for reelection in November 2020.

NC2 and NC6 are flippable Congressional seats and battleground races. Democrats could take both districts under the state’s redrawn congressional map. 

  • NC2: Alan Swain (R) vs Deborah Ross (D) is rated a “safe” and “likely” Dem. win. 
  • NC6: Kathy Manning (D) vs Lee Hayward ( R)

State Offices

All offices in the General Assembly (State House and Senate) are up for election.

In 2016, the Democrats broke the Republican supermajority in the General Assembly, giving Governor Roy Cooper the ability to veto legislation that lacked votes from Democrats.

Issues for North Carolinians in the 2020 Election

  • Education. NC is 48th in teacher pay. 
  • Healthcare: Medicaid was not expanded
  • Affordable housing: due to gentrification, this has become a problem 
  • Independent redistricting: NC was the most gerrymandered state in the country
    Since new district maps were drawn by the Republican-controlled General Assembly after the 2010 census, the maps have been challenged and redrawn. Following a bill passed in 2019 by the North Carolina General Assembly, new Congressional districts will be used for the 2020 elections. Under the new law, among other changes, the 2nd and 6th districts were drawn to be more urban, thus making them more favorable to Democrats . The remedial maps drawn by the Republican-controlled Assembly are “ an improvement over the status quo, but the people still deserve better.” (Eric Holder) 
Voter resources

NC Voter Assistance Hotline:
833-VOTE4NC (833-868-3462)

In North Carolina, vote by mail ballots will be counted if they are postmarked by November 3rd as long as they are received by 5pm on November 12th.

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Overview

  • North Carolina is one of the most crucial battleground states with critical elections up and down the ballot 
  • Battleground status for President, Senate, Governorship & State Legislature 
  • Senate seat is one of 4 most flippable seats to win the Senate Majority 
  • Holding Governorship & flipping State Legislature is crucial to 2021 Redistricting 
  • Historically “purple” state 

Voting in North Carolina

  • NC electoral map was redrawn in 2019 (Court ordered) to attempt to remedy gerrymandering 
  • Early voting starts October 15 
  • North Carolina permits no-excuse early voting and no-excuse absentee voting
  • North Carolina permits online voter registration.
  • No ID requirement at polls 

Issues for North Carolinians in the 2020 Election

  • Education. NC is 48th in teacher pay. 
  • Healthcare: Medicaid was not expanded
  • Affordable housing: due to gentrification, this has become a problem 
  • Independent redistricting: NC was the most gerrymandered state in the country
    Since new district maps were drawn by the Republican-controlled General Assembly after the 2010 census, the maps have been challenged and redrawn. Following a bill passed in 2019 by the North Carolina General Assembly, new Congressional districts will be used for the 2020 elections. Under the new law, among other changes, the 2nd and 6th districts were drawn to be more urban, thus making them more favorable to Democrats . The remedial maps drawn by the Republican-controlled Assembly are “ an improvement over the status quo, but the people still deserve better.” (Eric Holder) 

Joe Biden talking points

Joe Biden

Joe Biden says we’re facing a serious threat that we have to fight together.

We need a president who will tell us the truth, who will take responsibility, and listen to medical experts. A president who will lead and be an example for the nation.

We have to do all we can to keep our families safe.

Joe says this crisis is a reminder that our country wasn’t built by Wall Street and CEOs, it was built by hardworking families, nurses, teachers and small businesses.

It’s time we raise wages to pay all working people a fair return on their work, create a fairer tax system, and ensure everyone and every child can access affordable, quality health care.

Español

Joe Biden dice que nos enfrentamos a una seria amenaza contra la que tenemos que luchar juntos.

Necesitamos un presidente que nos diga la verdad, que asuma la responsabilidad y escuche a los expertos médicos. Un presidente que liderará y será un ejemplo para la nación.

Tenemos que hacer todo lo posible para mantener a nuestras familias seguras.

Joe dice que esta crisis es un recordatorio de que nuestro país no fue construido por Wall Street y los directores ejecutivos (CEOs), fue construido por familias trabajadoras, enfermeras, maestros y pequeñas empresas.

Es hora de que aumentemos los salarios para pagar a todos los trabajadores un rendimiento justo por su trabajo, crear un sistema fiscal más justo y garanticemos que todos y cada niño puedan acceder a una atención médica accesible y de calidad.

Health Care

“Joe knows that health care is personal, and he believes that every American –regardless of zip code – should have access to affordable and quality health care. Joe wants families to have the peace of mind they deserve, and he’s going to build on the Affordable Care Act by giving Americans more choice, reducing health care costs, and making our health care system less complex to navigate.”

Build Back Better (Economy and Jobs)

“Joe has a plan to create millions of good-paying jobs and to give America’s working families the tools, choices, and freedom they need to build back better. Trump passed a big tax cut for the corporate special interests, and Joe’s going to turn our economy around and fight for middle class workers. That means helping small businesses come out the other side of this crisis stronger than ever, and holding corporate America accountable.”

Safe Reopening (Controlling the Pandemic)

“The challenge facing our schools is unprecedented, and Joe Biden believes that the decision about when to reopen safely should be made by state, tribal, and local officials, based on science and with the safety of students and educators in mind. We want to reopen schools safely, but only once cases keep coming down. Schools need clear, consistent, effective national guidelines, not mixed messages and political ultimatums.”

COVID-19 (General Questions)

“Joe’s been honest with the American people about what is necessary to beat this challenge, and knows that we are up to this task and that we will meet this challenge together as one America. Joe knows how to mount an effective crisis response and elevate the voices of scientists, public health experts, and first responders because he has done it before.”

Education

K-12 Education: “As president, Joe will support our educators by giving them the pay and dignity they deserve. He is committed to investing in all children from birth, so that regardless of their zip code, parents’ income, race, or disability, they are prepared to succeed in tomorrow’s economy.”

Higher education: “Joe believes that all hard-working Americans should have the chance to join or maintain their place in the middle class. He’s proposing a bold plan for education and training beyond high school, he’ll invest in community colleges and strengthen college as the reliable pathway.”

Climate Change

Environmental Justice: “Joe’s going to protect our environment and resources for all of us — that means protecting access to clean water, holding polluters accountable, and making sure our low-income communities benefit from the clean energy economy. He’ll fight pollution, which harms our natural world and overwhelmingly hurts people of color.”

Clean Energy: “Our nation is in a moment of crisis and we need to rebuild this country with clean energy jobs that get our workers back on the job. Joe knows we’ve got to build a more resilient, sustainable economy that preserves our natural resources for future generations.”

Police

“Joe’s got the experience we can trust to keep us safer. As a Senator, he wrote the Violence Against Women Act, and the Obama-Biden Administration increased funding to stop drug trafficking along the border. He wants to invest $300 million more into community policing to help bring us together and keep us safer.”

Immigration

“As President, Joe will make smart investments in border security, while Donald Trump has failed for four years with his empty promises on a wall that won’t keep us safe. Biden will stop the inhumane practice of separating families, improve the speed at which we hear asylum cases, reform our visa system, secure our borders and help DREAMers.”

Trump’s Wall

“Joe’s going to focus on investments in smart border security, and ensure we don’t keep wasting taxpayer money on a wall that doesn’t work.”

Veterans

Our Veterans: “Joe believes we have only one truly sacred obligation: to properly prepare and equip our troops when we send them into harm’s way, and to care for them and their families–both while they are deployed and after they return home. As the parents of a son who deployed to Iraq, Joe and Jill Biden understand the gravity of this promise.”

Military Families: “As parents of a service member who deployed to Iraq, Joe and Jill Biden understand that it’s not just military members who sign up to serve our nation, their families do too. They will ensure we keep our commitment to military families by relaunching and strengthening Joining Forces and improving support for caregivers of wounded, ill, or injured service members and veterans.”

Taxes

“Trump’s had four years to help workers out — but instead, he passed big tax cuts for the corporate special interests. Joe will reverse Trump’s tax cuts for wealthy corporations and pursue a pro-American worker tax strategy to give our working families the fair shot they need to compete for jobs and market share.”

National Security

“Joe Biden believes that economic security is national security. As President, Joe will pursue a foreign policy for the middle class. To win the competition for the future against China, we must sharpen our innovative edge and unite the economic might of democracies around the world to stop abusive economic practices.”

Foreign Policy

“In a Biden administration, America will lead by example again, and rally the world to meet our common challenges that no one nation can face on its own — from climate change to combatting terrorism. He’ll strengthen America’s alliances and re-establish us as a leader on the world stage.”

Gun Violence

“Joe Biden knows that gun violence is a public health epidemic. That’s why he will pursue constitutional, common-sense gun safety policies that end our gun violence problem while respecting the Second Amendment.”

Unity Message

“Joe’s been clear from the first day of this campaign — he’s running to restore the soul of our nation, and unite us as a country once again. No matter where you come from, who you love, or who you pray to, in Joe Biden’s America, you’ll have an equal chance at success.”

More Information

About U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham

Meet Cal Cunningham

Democratic candidate for United States Senate  

  • Born in Winston-Salem; grew up in Lexington 
  • Earned undergraduate and law degrees at the University of North  Carolina at Chapel Hill 
  • Met wife Elizabeth in 1997; Cal and Elizabeth live in Raleigh with their two teenage kids 

A life of service  

  • Participated in church youth group service projects in Appalachia 
  • Joined the U.S. Army Reserve, serving three active duty tours, including in Iraq and  Afghanistan; awarded the Bronze Star and General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award 
  • As Vice Chairman of Governor Roy Cooper’s Crime Commission, led efforts to address school gun violence, curb the opioid addiction crisis, and fund services for women and  families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault 

Political experience  

  • Served in State Assembly 
  • Elected North Carolina state senator at age 27, representing Davidson, Rowan, and Iredell Counties 
    • Fought for smaller class sizes, higher teacher pay, and investments in early childhood education and university and community college system 
    • Advocate for landmark clean air legislation, land preservation, and campaign finance reform 

Priorities  

  • Lower-cost, accessible healthcare:
    • Strengthen and extend coverage under the Affordable Care Act 
    • Expand Medicaid in North Carolina 
    • Create a public health insurance option 
  • Economic opportunity for all:
    • Fight for a more equitable economy and a living wage 
    • Promote good-paying, full-time jobs with benefits 
    • Raise the minimum wage 
  • Education:
    • Improve through greater investment 
    • For all North Carolinians, regardless of birthplace, race, wealth, or abilities 
  • Agriculture:
    • Defend North Carolina’s farming families against reckless tariffs 
    • Revitalize rural communities with priorities such as expanding access to rural broadband
  • Investments:
    • In national infrastructure and R&D (especially for NC’s tech and biotech sectors)

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About Governor incumbent Roy Cooper

Meet Roy Cooper

Governor of North Carolina (elected in 2016)  

Trusted and trustworthy! Leading the state through the pandemic with common sense and putting North Carolinians’ health and safety first. 

  • Born and raised in Nash County, North Carolina 
  • Attended public schools and worked summers on the family farm 
  • Earned a law degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  
  • Returned home to Nash County to practice law and, with his wife Kristin, raise three  daughters – Hilary, Natalie, and Claire 

Why Roy is running for Governor:  
Roy wants a North Carolina where people are better educated, healthier, have more money in  their pockets, and have the opportunity to live lives of purpose and abundance. 

As Governor, Roy has fought for:  

  • Good paying jobs:  
    • Tens of thousands of new jobs across North Carolina, including in rural and economically  distressed counties  
    • Initiatives including NC Job Ready, Finish Line Grants, and Hometown Strong 
  • Public schools:  
    • Pushed the Republican legislature to give teachers a 9.5% raise  
    • Since Roy took office, NC schools have improved in the national rankings
  • Access to affordable health care  
  • Safer and more just North Carolina: 
    • Signed Executive Orders to prohibit workplace discrimination, establish paid parental leave for 56,000 state employees, and increase the use of renewable energy and fight climate change 
    • Repealed House Bill 2, the controversial “Bathroom Bill”, which required people to  use bathrooms matching the gender on their birth certificate 

Roy was elected Attorney General of North Carolina in 2000. During his tenure, he:  

  • Cracked down on child predators  
  • Oversaw a sharp (30%) decrease in crime 
  • Prioritized consumer protection 
  • Fought to keep utility rates low

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