North Carolina has committed some of the most blatant acts of voter suppression in recent memory. Unfortunately, in the 2018 midterms, voters backed the North Carolina GOP’s voter ID ballot measure. However, Democrats have broken the party’s supermajorities in the General Assembly and can stop the passage of new undemocratic laws.
Both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly remain under Republican control. However, Democrats flipped nine seats in the state House and six in the state Senate to break the GOP’s veto-proof supermajorities in the 2018 midterms.
NC House of Representatives
Made progress in 2018 120 seats up for election in 2020
NC State Senate
Made progress in 2018 50 seats up for election in 2020
NC Governor - Roy Cooper (D)
Democratic Governor Roy Cooper was elected to North Carolina's highest office in 2016. In the time since, the Republican-controlled General Assembly has passed a series of bills in an attempt to limit his authority as Governor—forcing Cooper to file lawsuits against the legislature to limit their encroachment on the state’s executive branch.
Congressional seats went to Republicans out of 13
North Carolina’s maps were gerrymandered with such extreme partisan advantage that Republicans took 10 of 13 Congressional seats in 2016, despite winning only 53% of the statewide vote.
National rank in public education
North Carolina’s students have borne the burden of a battery of legislation undermining public education. Since the 2010 Republican takeover of the General Assembly, the state has experienced drops in teacher pay and benefits, a decline in spending per student, and swelling class sizes.
North Carolinians poised to receive health insurance
Democrats in North Carolina have been pushing for the state to accept federal Medicaid expansion, which could extend health insurance coverage to 400,000 people. The GOP, who have blocked the expansion since 2010, is forcing Dems to negotiate by considering the incorporation of prohibitive work requirements.