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Breaking Down the Mountains: Precinct-Level Analysis of WNC’s Vote in Presidential Race

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Nov. 14, 2016. Elections are much more complicated than just which candidate received the most votes, though that count does determine who claims victory. Voters may be individuals, but often tend to behave in blocs that can help in understanding their behavior in an election. During the 2016 presidential race in North Carolina, different candidates’ messages resonated with people who shared different things in common – party affiliation and ideological identity, religious and cultural values, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender and sexual identity, or educational level. By Frank Taylor / Carolina Public Press

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Republicans Jordan and Ballard Win North Carolina House and Senate Races

Nov. 8, 2016. Republicans N.C. Rep. Jonathan Jordan and Sen. Deanna Ballard won their respective races for N.C. House District 93 and N.C. Senate District 45. Jordan defeated Sue Counts, former director of the Watauga County Cooperate Extension, for the second election in a row, while Ballard defeated Art Sherwood of Caldwell County. By Jesse Wood

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Watauga School Board Incumbents Reese, Henries & Kinsey Re-Elected

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Nov. 8, 2016. While four members with plenty of school board experience were running for a seat on the Watauga County Board of Elections, only three seats were up for re-election. Brenda Reese, Ron Henries and Barbara Kinsey will serve another term on the Watauga County Board of Education. All three have strong backgrounds in education, and all three received at least 25 percent of the vote, according to the unofficial election results on Tuesday. By Jesse Wood

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Nearly 9,300 Early Ballots Cast at Watauga County Admin Site Re-Processed on Sunday

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Nov. 7, 2016. After a voting machine malfunctioned in one of the six early voting sites in Watauga County, the Watauga County Board of Elections conducted a re-processing of more than 9,000 ballots on Sunday afternoon. “It went great just as we had hoped,” Watauga County Elections Director Matt Snyder said on Monday. “We ended up with the same number of ballot counts.” By Jesse Wood • Photos by Ken Ketchie

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Candidates In Their Own Words: Before You Head To The Polls, Check Out Videos of Local Candidates


Nov. 1, 2016. The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored a “Meet the Candidates” forum in late October in an effort to inform voters about local issues and the candidates that are running for office. Most of the candidates for U.S. House District 5, N.C. 24th Judicial District, Watauga County Board of Education, Watauga County Board of Commissioners, N.C. Governor, N.C. Senate District 45 and N.C. House District 93 attended. Below are videos of the round-robin Q-&-A session and the candidate’s closing statements. See full comments from candidates, including closing statements, per race inside.

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Watauga County Board of Elections To Hold Special Meeting on Sunday, Nov. 6

Nov. 3, 2016. The Watauga County Board of Elections will hold a special meeting on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 12:00 noon in the Board of Elections Office on the ground floor of the Watauga County Courthouse, according to a notice published on Thursday afternoon. The purpose of this meeting is to re-process the One-Stop Administration Site ballots, as directed by the State Board of Elections.

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13,000+ Early Voters in Watauga County, One-Stop Voting Continues Through Saturday

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Nov. 2, 2016. As of Tuesday closing, more than 13,000 voters have early voted in the general election in Watauga County. Of the six early voting sites, the two sites located in Boone – the Watauga County Administration Building on King Street and the Plemmons Student Union on the campus of App State – are dominating in terms of the number of people casting ballots. By Jesse Wood

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Elon Poll: Presidential, Governor’s Race Too Close To Call in North Carolina

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Nov. 1, 2016. The survey conducted Oct. 23-27 is the final survey by the Elon University Poll before Election Day on Nov. 8. The contests at the top of the ballot have tightened in North Carolina, with the races for president and governor now too close to call and incumbent Republican Richard Burr holding a lead within the margin of error in the U.S. Senate race, according to the results of the latest Elon University Poll.

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7,000+ Early Vote in General Election During First Week of Early Voting in Watauga County

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Oct. 28, 2016. So far, 7,301 people have voted early as of the closing of polls on Thursday evening, according to figures provided by the Watauga County Board of Elections office. While early voting began on Oct. 20 at the Watauga County Administration Building on King Street, five other one-stop sites opened on Thursday for the remainder of early voting, which concludes on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. By Jesse Wood

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Sherwood: Lack of Integrity in Politics Harming Faith in Government

Oct. 28, 2016. Continuing with his release of position papers on the need to restore real North Carolina values to the North Carolina General Assembly, Art Sherwood, the Democratic candidate for N.C. Senate District 45, today issued a video and paper titled, “Real North Carolina Values: Integrity.” The first installment on North Carolina values focused on civility. Sherwood said, “Only 19 percent of Americans trust government, according to the Pew Research Center. Why is that? North Carolina’s own Billy Graham has some insight that might help. He said, ‘When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.’”

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Chelsea Clinton to Campaign in WNC, Coming To Legends on ASU on Thursday, Oct. 27

Oct. 26, 2016. On Thursday, Oct. 27, Chelsea Clinton will campaign at Appalachian State University in Boone. During an early vote rally, Clinton will lay out what is at stake in this election and urge North Carolinians to early vote to support the Clinton-Kaine ticket. Clinton’s visit comes the same day that 132 additional early voting sites open up across North Carolina, including Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union.

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School Board Candidates for Watauga County

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Oct. 25, 2016. High Country Press reached out to the candidates for Watauga County Board of Education. Here are statements from the four candidates: Steve Combs, Ron Henries, Barbara Kinsey and Brenda Reese. Three seats are up for election. Early voting has already started in the Watauga County Administration Building on King Street. Compiled by Jesse Wood

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Candidate Statements for Three Races for Watauga County Board of Commissioners

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Oct. 25, 2016. High Country Press reached out to candidates for Watauga County Board of Commissioners. Since candidates are running for particular districts, there are three races pertaining to the commission: Perry Yates (R) v. Diane Blanks (D) for District 1; Elizabeth Shukis (R) v. John Welch (D) for District 2; and David Blust (R) v. Larry Turnbow (D) for District 4. Compiled by Jesse Wood

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