Politics The Latest: N Carolina polls close for 2 congressional seats
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the special election for a North Carolina congressional seat (all times local):7:30 p.m.Polls have closed in North Carolina where voters are filling two vacant congressional seats — one because of an absentee-ballot scandal and the other because a U.S. House member died in office.Voters in roughly one-quarter of the state’s counties had the chance to cast ballots Tuesday for the 3rd or 9th congressional districts. Many already voted early in-person or by mail.Millions of campaign dollars have been spent in the south-central 9th district race between Republican Dan Bishop and Democrat Dan McCready. The election do-over was ordered after evidence of ballot fraud last fall that appeared to benefit McCready’s then-GOP opponent.In the coastal 3rd District, Democrat Allen Thomas and Republican Greg Murphy are top competitors in the race to succeed the late Rep. Walter Jones Jr._7 p.m.North Carolina election officials are not acting on a request by the state Republican Party to extend hours at a single precinct in the special election for the country’s last undecided congressional seat.The Republican Party on Tuesday asked that the voting site stay open an extra hour and 45 minutes because they said some 9th Congressional District voters were showing up at the old voting location in Union County, a Republican-heavy area east of Charlotte.The State Board of Elections met and discussed the GOP request, but took no action.Union County is seen as critical in the election prospects of Republican Dan Bishop, who is seeking to extend the GOP’s 56-year hold on North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. He’s running against Democrat Dan McCready and two other candidates.Polls close at 7:30 p.m._2:40 p.m.One voter says he’s fed up with the Republican Party and frightened by President Donald Trump. Another voter says she doesn’t want to see the country become a socialist nation.Those are just two of the diverging viewpoints at the polls in North Carolina on Tuesday for a special congressional election.Retiree Susie Sisk of Mint Hill told The Associated Press that she’s voting for Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop. Sisk said Bishop is for the Second Amendment, against illegal immigration and won’t raise taxes.Bishop is in a close battle with Democrat Dan McCready for a vacant seat in the 9th District.Another Mint Hill retiree, Bob Southern, said he voted for McCready because he’s fed up with the Republican Party’s agenda and President Trump.The election’s results could foreshadow the 2020 presidential race._2:15 p.m.North Carolina Republicans claim election officials in one county provided the wrong address for a voting precinct ahead of a hotly contested special congressional election.But state election officials say voters were notified of the address change weeks ago.Polls opened Tuesday for the special election in the Ninth Congressional District. Democrat Dan McCready is in a tossup battle against conservative state Sen. Dan Bishop for a vacant seat.North Carolina GOP Executive Director Jonathan Sink said in a statement that the Union County Board of Elections failed to update a precinct address in its polling district list and on its website for „at least six weeks.”But state election officials said in a statement that the county mailed notices of the change to all registered voters on July 29._1:35 p.m.Democratic presidential contenders are expressing support for a North Carolina congressional candidate in a hotly contested special election that could serve as a bellwether for 2020.Former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg tweeted support Tuesday for Democrat Dan McCready.McCready is a former Marine with a Harvard business degree. He’s is in a tossup battle against conservative state Sen. Dan Bishop for a vacant seat in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.Polls opened Tuesday morning in the GOP-friendly district in and around Charlotte.Biden tweeted that McCready will „fight to protect North Carolinian’s health care & take on prescription drug companies.” Buttigieg tweeted to voters that McReady „needs your help.”President Donald Trump stumped for Bishop on Monday._7:45 a.m.Republicans are hoping an eleventh-hour pep talk from President Donald Trump will help them win Tuesday’s special congressional election in North Carolina. The race could shed light on Republicans’ chances of retaking the U.S. House and Trump’s reelection prospects in 2020.At a rally in Fayetteville on Monday night, Trump campaigned for conservative state Sen. Dan Bishop. Opposing Bishop is moderate Democrat Dan McCready, a former Marine who narrowly trailed in an election for the seat last year that was invalidated after evidence of election fraud surfaced.Trump carried the district by 11 points in 2016. Both sides see the race as too close to call.More than half the district’s votes likely will come from Charlotte’s suburbs. When Democrats retook the House in 2018, many of their pickups were in suburbs.
9/11: Then and now — 18 years later
Gordon Donovan•2001: People run from the collapse of one of the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center, Sept. 11, 2001. (Photo: Suzanne Plunkett/AP) 2019: Eighteen years later, a modern subway hub on Fulton Street connects to the Oculus and World Trade Center, Sept. 3, 2019. (Photo: Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)Each August and September, as summer fades into fall, Yahoo News photographer Gordon Donovan finds himself in a familiar spot — snapping images in the area where the 9/11 terrorist attacks took place.“I do it because I love the city, the history of the city and how we’re not going to be put down,” explained Donovan, who was born and raised on Staten Island and watched the twin towers being built from across the harbor.But his photos aren’t random shots of the evolving downtown landscape. He returns to document the exact scenes of many memorable images taken by photojournalists that awful day in 2001.“It’s fascinating to see how it has changed over the years, because it was just this big pile of rubble the first time I went down there, about a week afterward,” said Donovan, then a graphic artist at CBS News, who was at work on the Upper West Side the morning of the attack.Today a memorial and museum honor the nearly 3,000 people killed. The area also includes a recently opened transportation hub, and there are other signs of development yet to come.“Now you can’t even recognize what happened,” Donovan said. “What they’ve done down there is beautiful and just revitalized the whole area after such tragedy and brought it back to life.”Donovan’s then-and-now project, he said, is a testament to the city’s strength and an opportunity to share the changes with New Yorkers who may have moved away over the past 18 years. He said his project also honors the photojournalists who took the original images on 9/11.New obstacles have arisen, requiring some adjustments in camera angles to align with the original images. This is the eighth time Donovan has revisited the New York skyline to document changes since 9/11; each year presents new challenges as the New York City landscape changes.See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.
Trump news: President claims he fired John Bolton, as former security adviser texts Fox News hosts live to say this isn’t true
•US president Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Donald Trump claimed he fired John Bolton in a tweet on Tuesday as polls showed his approval rating falling 38 per cent, down six points on his July career-best according to a new ABC News/Washington Post, as concerns over the fate of the American economy linger.The president’s abrupt announcement created a flurry of dramatic TV news, with Mr Bolton apparently texting Fox News hosts a simple message: „Let’s be clear,” he reportedly texted the network’s Brian Kilmeade. „I resigned.”The president meanwhile held his latest “Keep America Great” rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Monday night, attacking the “America-hating left”, scaremongering about the release of “horrible, hardened criminals” in sanctuary cities and saying he rolled back energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs because: “I look better under incandescent light”. On another wild evening before a crowd of his most feverish supporters, Mr Trump also made a false claim about voter fraud in California and took sole credit for the US being awarded the 2026 FIFA World Cup and joked about serving a third term in order to be in office when the tournament gets underway.During his year and a half at the White House, Mr Bolton had particular success in shaping the administration’s policies toward the United Nations and other international organizations, such as the International Criminal Court, as well as advocating for hardline measures on Venezuela and Cuba.Mr Bolton had launched a broadside campaign against the International Criminal Court that resulted in the US revoking the visa of the court’s chief prosecutor after she sought permission to open an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by American troops and others in Afghanistan.With the national security adviser on his team, Mr Trump announced the US was withdrawing from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, a position advocated by Mr Bolton.The deal had been negotiated by the Obama administration to limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions, and some in the administration favoured staying in the agreement.His tenure in the White House was not without its many controversies, of course.
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