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Will J.C. Watts challenge Rience Priebus in Charlotte?

When Republicans hold their annual winter meeting in Charlotte in January, there may be a showdown as the party decides it's leader in the wake of an unsuccesful election cycle.

Reince Priebus, current chairman of the RNC, has already announced he wants another term – but the rumor mill, thanks to a recent POLITICO story, is about to gain momentum now that J.C. Watts says he has been "encouraged" by supporters to challenge for the job.

Democratic Party leader dodges questions about convention funding

Less than an hour before early voting opened Thursday at most Wake County precincts, big-name Democrats rolled into North Carolina State University's Brickyard to make sure the party's longstanding focus on the "ground-game" pays off, from the presidential race all the way down the ballot.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, a U.S. Representative from South Florida, who seves as Chair of the Democratic National Committee, boasted about Charlotte's role in the Democratic National Convention to a crowd that was equal parts reporters and students.

When asked about a recent report that large in-kind contributions were accepted from companies including Duke Energy and Bank of America to bankroll the convention, though, Wasserman-Schultz dodged and did not address the party broke its promise to deny funds from corporations and billionaire donors.

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