This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on November 5, 2014.
Republicans effectively walloped Democrats in these mid-term elections—sweeping into power with a majority in both Chambers on Capitol Hill.
At the state and local levels, election results generally mirrored the national pattern.
Voter turnout in North Carolina was impressive this election cycle. In fact, with Early Voting shortened by a week, voters still set a record for turnout in mid-term elections. And last night, the State Board of Elections announced a new record for overall turnout in the state for a midterm election. Nearly 44% of registered voters cast ballots.
On this edition of CoastLine, we explore likely policy changes, whether gridlock will continue, and the impact of local elections on southeastern North Carolina.
The two guests in-studio guests helping to sort through the results:
Dr. Jim Leutze is Former Chancellor of UNCW and was a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He created an international affairs program on PBS called Globe Watch, which aired for 15 years. Dr. Leutze was also a member of the North Carolina Progress Board and is a former candidate for the state Senate. He recently published a political history of the state called “Entering North Carolina Sets Clocks Back 100 Years!”
Dr. Craig Galbraith is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management at UNCW’s Cameron School of Business. He’s a GlaxoSmithKline Faculty Fellow in Economic Development. He’s written six books and published over 100 academic articles. Dr. Galbraith currently hosts the “Economic Times” – a weekly radio show on WMYT 106.7.