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Police: Man found dead under “suspicious circumstances”

The body of a man was found in a Gastonia home Sunday evening, officials said.

Officers responded to a 911 call at about 6 p.m. in the 100 block of Eastover Drive.

Police said the man was found dead under “suspicious circumstances.”

There are no suspects at this time.

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:20:09 -0400

How the most crowded GOP fields in history stack up

If you've been paying even just a little bit of attention to the GOP this election, you've probably heard this a lot:

"I am a candidate for president of the United States," former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said during his presidential announcement. 

Those words have been uttered a record 17 times in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination. 

 The last time the GOP even came close to that number was in 1948, when the party fielded 15 presidential hopefuls.

During both election cycles, Republicans held full control of Congress, which is exciting if you're a GOP presidential candidate. Who doesn't want the full backing of the legislative branch to push your agenda through? 

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Unlike 2016 though, the Republicans in 1948 were taking on a pretty divided Democratic party with no Hillary Clinton-esque front-runner. (Video via Hillary Clinton

Democrats weren't sure they wanted incumbent President Harry Truman to go to bat for them, especially Southerners. The States Right's Party was even created to take on Truman in the general election. (Video via The History Channel

Both primary seasons had polls and pundits throwing around the word "front runner." In '48, it was New York Governor Thomas Dewey. Going into election day, a Gallup poll had Dewey winning with 49.5 percent of the vote. (Video via Newseum)

The media was so sure Truman was going to lose, papers were printed ahead of time with the headline "Dewey Defeats Truman." Awkward.

Truman went home with 303 electoral votes, surprising the country and giving the Democratic Party its fifth consecutive presidential election win. 

And if 1948 is a lesson in candidate longevity, settle in for the long haul. Only three candidates dropped out before the 1948 Republican National Convention.

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:14:04 -0400

Biden reportedly closer than ever to running in 2016

"Presidential candidate Joe Biden" is a thought that's been floating around for some time. Even the vice president himself has brought up the idea. (Video via The White House

"I just truly haven't made up my mind. The good news is everything I think I would have to do to be a viable candidate, is the same thing I think I should be doing to be the best vice president I can possibly be," Biden said on "The View" in 2014. 

But Biden could now be as close as he's ever been to throwing his name in the hat for 2016. The New York Times says Biden and his associates are "actively" exploring a presidential campaign.

The article says the decision to possibly run could've been spurred by Biden's late son, Beau, who died from brain cancer in May. Times columnist Maureen Dowd writes before Beau died, "He tried to make his father promise to run, arguing that the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values."

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If Biden announces his candidacy, it would shake up the current Democratic field of candidates, led by Hillary Clinton. A recent Quinnipiac University poll put Clinton ahead of all other Democratic candidates. That same poll put Biden ahead of Clinton in terms of favorability — even though he isn't a candidate. 

Many observers believe Biden would present the biggest challenge to Clinton's campaign because of his work alongside President Obama and his tendency to be a straight-shooter — despite his many public gaffes.  

A Biden candidacy could also present an awkward situation for the vice president and Clinton, considering their close relationship. They've worked together and Dowd says in her article Biden recognizes that the Democratic Party has a desire to select a woman as commander-in-chief. (Video via Organizing For Action

If he does announce his candidacy, this'll be his third time doing so. He ran once in 1988 and again in 2008. Biden has said he plans to make a decision on running for president by the end of the summer. (Video via The White House

This video includes images from Getty Images.

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 20:12:01 -0400

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