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  Trump says ‘no reason’ for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

Trump, in an interview that aired Sunday, made clear that the audio recording, supplied by the Turkish government, would not affect his response to the Oct. 2 killing of Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who had been critical of the Saudi royal family.

  Freshman class of 116th Congress invades Washington

Florida recount chugs along as more irregularities surface

Judge: Sides in Florida recount should ‘ramp down’ rhetoric

Florida Sec. of State orders ballot recount in Senate, governor, cabinet races

WBTV sits down one-on-one with Congressman Elect Mark Harris

Colorado voted to abolish slavery in their state – in 2018

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  Brian Kemp steps down as secretary of state after declaring victory over Stacey Abrams in Georgia governor’s race

1-on-1 with newly elected Mecklenburg County Commissioner Susan Harden

Jeff Sessions out as attorney general

Trump celebrates GOP midterm victories despite loss of House to Democrats

Democratic challengers hold leads over Republicans in Mecklenburg commissioner races

McMaster, Norman big winners in South Carolina 2018 midterm election

  Dan McCready concedes NC District 9 race to Mark Harris

The candidates for NC's 9th District were Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready in a heated race that drew national interest.

Facebook blocks accounts for possible election meddling by Russia and others

On Sunday evening, Facebook was notified of the online activity, which may be linked to foreign entities.

  65-year-old woman, immigrant among first-time voters in SC

People started lining up outside of polling locations across South Carolina dark and early this morning.

Get an Uber, Lyft, Lime to cast your vote on Election Day, use promo code for discounts

Uber, Lyft, Zipcar, Lime and others want to help Americans get to the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

  CMS schools prepare to serve as voting poll locations

Rihanna says she doesn’t want Trump using her song at his ‘tragic rallies’

Pizza to the Polls delivers free pies to voters stuck in long lines

Tips for voters heading to the polls

In Georgia, online voting database problem leads to countercharge of hacking

These 2018 midterm candidates can make history with a victory

Pink wave: Women poised for political leadership in 2018 midterms

Even though women make up half the population of the U.S., they only make up about 20 percent of Congress.

Barbra Streisand to release anti-Trump album and star in ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Barbra Streisand has released a new political song aimed at Pres. Donald Trump called "Don't Lie to Me."

Campbell VP who tweeted Soros conspiracy theory leaves company

On Twitter on Monday, Kelly Johnston alleged the Open Society Foundations, which was founded by businessman and activist George Soros, was assisting the caravan by providing what he called “troop carriers” and “rail cars.”

President Donald Trump holds campaign rally in Charlotte

President Donald Trump arrived at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte to support NC9 candidate Mark Harris.

Troops may be sent to halt caravan at border

The U.S. is expected to send troops to the border as part of a plan to prevent a migrant caravan from entering the country.

Retired detective calls people who threatened him at polling place terrorists

Police arrested 28-year-old Jason Wayne Wednesday and charged him with communicating threats, disorderly conduct, and ethnic intimidation.

  Defense Secretary Mattis may send at least 800 troops to southern border

Mattis may send around 800 troops to help border patrol agents when the caravan of migrants reaches the U.S.-Mexico border.

Your source for 2018 midterm election information

The 2018 mid-term election is right around the corner. WBTV is on your side with what you need to know to get educated and get to the polls in November.

Challenge for indicted Republicans: Win re-election

Two Republican congressmen trying to win re-election while under indictment in a fresh test of partisanship in the Trump era

GOP on defense to explain pre-existing condition protections

Republican candidates who are still calling for repeal of the Obama-era health care law find themselves on the defensive about how they will preserve protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions

State Representative referred for possible prosecution following NC Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement investigation

The North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement completed an investigation on Wednesday into falsified campaign finance disclosure reports and the impermissible use of campaign contribution money for a state Representative.

Early voting begins in NC at one-stop sites

Early voting in North Carolina started Wednesday at 7 a.m. Same-day registration is available for people still needing to register or make changes before the upcoming election in November.

“We are in a good spot”; RNC Host Committee ahead of fundraising schedule

RNC Host Committee ahead of fundraising schedule

Charlotte 2020 host committee announces staff appointments for the RNC

Host committee names COO, Controller, General Counsel, Communications Director and Executive Administrator.

Voter registration deadline in NC is Friday, Hamilton cast hosts registration drive

Friday is the last day to register to vote in the state of North Carolina.

VIDEO: McCready, Harris debate for NC-9 House seat

The Democratic and Republican candidates for the U.S. House seat for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District are facing off for their first debate Wednesday night.

Second Lady Karen Pence arrives in Charlotte for Mark Harris campaign

Second Lady Karen Pence will arrive in Charlotte in support of congressional candidate Mark Harris Monday afternoon at UNC Charlotte’s Center City campus.

Candidates in closely watched US House race to debate this week. Here’s how to watch.

The debate is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. It will air on WBTV, and will be available to stream live on Facebook via the WBTV and Charlotte Observer pages.

Local political leaders react to Senate’s vote on Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh was sworn in just hours after his confirmation. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath.

NCGOP took nearly $2 million from donor under FBI investigation, gave some to Causey campaign

The North Carolina Republican Party took nearly $2 million from a political donor who is now under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Trump orders ‘limited’ new FBI probe after judiciary committee sends Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to Senate for vote

President Trump said the supplemental FBI probe into Brett Kavanaugh must be limited in scope, and last no longer than a week.

The Latest: Trump postpones meeting with Rosenstein

President Donald Trump has postponed his highly anticipated meeting with embattled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until next week

  Here’s what to expect at the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify separately about her allegation of sexual assault at a high school party in the early 1980s.

White House postpones meeting between Trump, Rosenstein

President Donald Trump says his would prefer to keep Rod Rosenstein and not fire the deputy attorney general

Still employed, Rod Rosenstein to meet with Trump Thursday

As deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein had been in charge of the Russia investigation.

SC congressional candidates square off in debate

The Kiwanis Club of Rock Hill hosted a debate between the congressional hopefuls Thursday afternoon. The two were cordial during the hour-long debate, discussing a variety of topics making national headlines.

President Trump visits Carolinas to survey Hurricane Florence damage

“To the families who have lost loved ones, America grieves with you, and our hearts break for you. God bless you,”

Hurricane Florence forces delay of key decision for the 2020 GOP convention in Charlotte

The Republican National Committee was expected to set the dates for the 2020 GOP convention this weekend.

‘Unbelievable’: Bald eagle lands on fire truck during 9/11 tribute

Many Facebook users expressed their belief the event was “a sign from above honoring those who gave all for others.”

Trump rips searing Times op-ed from unnamed senior official

A senior Trump administration official writes an opinion piece in The New York Times claiming to be part of a group of people "working diligently from within" to impede President Donald Trump's "worst inclinations" and ill-conceived parts of his agenda

Trump to talk retirement security at CPCC conference center Friday

The president also will headline a fundraising luncheon for two Republican congressional candidates, Mark Harris and Rep. Ted Budd. The private fundraiser at Carmel Country Club is closed to the general public.

President Trump says 'flipping' should be illegal; prosecutors talk about use of co-conspirator's testimony

In a recent television interview with Fox News, President Donald Trump criticized this practice after one of his lawyers pleaded guilty in federal court.

Sources: President Trump visiting Charlotte next week

The visit will likely coincide with a fundraiser for Republican Congressman Ted Budd and Mark Harris, the Charlotte pastor running to replace Rep. Robert Pittenger in Congress.

Cooper plans to sue to keep two amendment questions off ballot

Public disclosure of the litigation came hours after the General Assembly overrode Cooper's veto of a measure taking from a state panel the job of writing titles for the six questions.

NC legislature makes quick work with veto overrides

The Senate and House voted Saturday to override Cooper's vetoes of two bills, completing their work in about an hour.

Why people are already signing up to be RNC 2020 volunteers

While the 2012 DNC needed about 10,000 volunteers, the Mecklenburg County GOP believes only 5,000 people, plucked from the surrounding community, will be needed to pull off the 2020 RNC event.

Want to volunteer for RNC 2020? Here’s how you can get involved starting this weekend.

Saturday's volunteer recruitment kickoff runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings, 400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., Charlotte 28202.

NC GOP to hold first volunteer recruitment event on Aug. 4

With the 2020 Republican National Convention coming to the Queen City, the NCGOP is starting to look for volunteers to help out with the event.

RNC announces leadership for 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte

Additional members will be announced at a later time.

Charlotte RNC 2020 fundraising, how much, and what's next?

The target total for fundraising is $70 million. That's up from Charlotte's 2012 DNC cost of about $40 million.

At RNC, police will aim to 'keep people calm and defuse situations' during protests

Thousands of police officers from CMPD, the Secret Service, FBI and other city and state forces will ensure adequate manpower during the RNC.

Charlotte to host 2020 RNC after committee votes unanimously

On Friday, the Republican National Committee will take a formal vote to approve Charlotte as the host city for the 2020 republican national convention.

Charlotte councilman talks to Site Selection Committee Chairman about 2020 RNC

Councilman Tariq Bokhari talked with RNC Site Selection Committee Chairman Ron Kaufman about the 2020 Republican National Convention.

What young Republicans and Democrats expect from a Charlotte 2020 RNC

By 2020, it is expected that millennials will pass baby boomers as the largest group of potential voters.

Governor Cooper weighs in on RNC during Charlotte visit

Cooper was on-hand for the 2012 DNC and is among the hopeful that Charlotte can apply past lessons to avoid potential problems in 2020.

Council votes to accept 2020 RNC bid at special meeting with 100+ speakers

Mayor Vi Lyles, who called for the special meeting last week, says the purpose is to consider taking action regarding hosting the 2020 RNC. The action would be based on the Republican National Committee awarding Charlotte with the convention.

City releases summary of RNC contract ahead of Monday vote

The move Sunday night comes as members of the City Council traded jabs over what financial liability the contract does or does not place on the city for costs over an expected $50 million federal grant.

Charlotte councilmen call Ajmera's reason for opposing RNC 'patently false', 'fiction'

On Friday afternoon, Ajmera said she opposed the city hosting the event because a contract she had reviewed earlier in the day, she said, would require city taxpayers to be financially liable for a portion of the event's expenses.

Taking a look back at the costs and financial benefits of DNC 2012

It was the largest event Charlotte had seen. There were 6,400 delegates, 15,000 media members, and 13,500 other visitors all spending money in the Queen City.

Charlotte Mayor calls special city council meeting to 'consider taking action' on hosting RNC

Lyles says the purpose of the meeting is to consider taking action regarding hosting the 2020 RNC.

Charlotte Mayor supports RNC 2020 bid, makes case to fellow Democrats

Lyles met with the Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County to make a speech on the topic. She cited economic mobility and inclusion as reasons to support the city's bid for the event.

Charlotte council to hold special meeting to discuss RNC

Charlotte has been cast as the frontrunner to host the quadrennial event. Only one other city, Las Vegas, is a finalist and city officials there have not made a public case for hosting the event.

Some lawmakers pushing for $1.9 billion bond package to build, renovate NC schools

Gov. Roy Cooper (D) toured a school in Raleigh Tuesday as he called on state lawmakers to support placing a nearly $2 billion bond referendum for school construction on the ballot.

NC lawmaker calls for renewed hurricane recovery oversight after WBTV reporting

On Monday, a spokesman for the North Carolina Emergency Management office said the state had received the final approval necessary to begin spending a new post of federal grant money in one of the 22 counties impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

State official: Marvin Village shutdown 'abdication of responsibilities' by board

In the letter sent Monday, the village was told it is in violation of a state law that requires local municipalities to pass a budget or an interim budget.

Franklin Graham: Wear your support for President Trump-for $15.99

The North Carolina-based evangelist is selling "Pray for 45" T-shirts in the store at Charlotte's Billy Graham Library.

Nevada GOP chairman responds to NC political leader's concerns about RNC

As the date gets closer, some Democratic political leaders in Charlotte have expressed concerns about the city hosting the RNC.

NC Rep Alma Adams describes children detention center at Texas-Mexican border 'un-American'

Congresswoman Alma Adams is one North Carolina representative that's there now and describes the situation as  "un-American".