Politics & Government

Elections 2016

Presidential debate surprise: Clinton loses ground among some voters in swing state

Hillary Clinton loses ground in the debate with Donald Trump. Four of 21 North Carolina voters interviewed in a focus group by McClatchy and The Charlotte Observer had been considering supporting her, but after the debate they move into the undecided camp or lean toward other candidates.

National Politics

WHY IT MATTERS: Guns

THE ISSUE: The right to bear arms is fundamental to the U.S., carved into the Constitution and seemingly embedded in the national DNA. But after a seemingly endless stretch of violence, Americans are confronting how far those rights extend, propelling gun issues to the forefront of this year's elections.

News

9 states to vote soon on expanding legal access to marijuana

From California, with its counterculture heritage, to the fishing ports and mill towns of Maine, millions of Americans in nine states have a chance to vote Nov. 8 on expanding legal access to marijuana. Collectively, the ballot measures amount to the closest the U.S. has come to a national referendum on the drug.

Videos

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton clash in first presidential debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton went to head-to-head in the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York on Monday. They discussed jobs, racial divisions and national security with many personal jabs thrown in between. The debate, moderated by NBC anchor Lester Holt, is the first in a series of three scheduled ahead of Election Day.
Cristina Rayas McClatchy
Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton clash in first presidential debate 4:36

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton clash in first presidential debate

O'Donnell discusses alcohol allegations during debate 0:53

O'Donnell discusses alcohol allegations during debate

County Commission candidates debate 6:08

County Commission candidates debate

Noncitizen voters. Big problem or negligible? 1:50

Noncitizen voters. Big problem or negligible?