Statewide results will seal the fate of the NC General Assembly
As election day draws to a close, Democrats are hoping to fend off Republican hopes for a supermajority in the North Carolina General Assembly. That balance depends on three seats in the North Carolina House of Representatives and two seats in the North Carolina Senate.
Republicans held a supermajority in the North Carolina General Assembly from 2010 to 2018. That power was ramped up a notch when former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory won a place in the governor’s mansion in November 2012. During that time Republicans introduced infamous bills such as one “outlawing” climate change, another establishing Christianity as the state religion and HB2, known as the "Bathroom Bill," which prohibited transgender people from using restrooms aligning with their gender.
After McRory lost to Governor Roy Cooper in 2018, the legislature was at an impasse. A state budget wasn’t passed for three years, in part, because of Republicans refusal to expand Medicaid.
Here’s how the Western North Carolina seats will impact that balance according to the unofficial results for the NC Board of Elections.
Senate 46 – Buncombe, McDowell and Burke
Senate District 47 – East Haywood, Madison and Northeast
Mitchell County Republican Senator Ralph Hise is running unopposed in the newly drawn district which separated Canton and Clyde from the rest of Haywood County. Watauga County Senator Deanna Ballad lost the primary to Hise.
Senate District 48 – Henderson, Polk and Rutherford Counties
Senate District 49 (Western Buncombe County)
Senate District 50 Cherokee-Haywood
NC House of Representatives
District 114 (Buncombe County)
District 115 (Southwest Buncombe County)
District 116 (Northwest Buncombe County)
District 117 (Henderson County)
District 118 (Haywood, Madison County)
District 119 (Swain, Jackson and Transylvania County)
District 120 (Cherokee, Clay, Macon and Graham)
Republican incumbent Karl Gillespie’s seat was uncontested.