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Follow live coverage of the 2018 midterm elections, including results and analysis. Get caught up on the latest news.

Republicans Lose Supermajorities In North Carolina General Assembly

In this July 24, 2018 file photo, members of the North Carolina House gather for a special session at the General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C.
Gerry Broome, file

Democrats made significant gains in both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly Tuesday night, in a wave that upended both Republican supermajorities and saw urban GOP incumbents ousted from public office.Republican supermajorities were broken in the House and the Senate, where Democrats picked up nine and six seats, respectively. The GOP will still hold majorities of 66-55 and 29-21 come January.

Legislative Democrats raised more than $15 million this election cycle as part of a statewide effort to break the supermajorities. Republicans won in 2012, and provide Governor Roy Cooper a veto with some leverage. Since Cooper took office in 2017, he has vetoed 25 pieces of legislation, 20 of which Republicans have voted to override.

On the House side, Democrats picked off all but one Republican incumbent in Wake and Mecklenburg Counties, a total of six. Meanwhile in the Senate, Republican incumbents Tamara Barringer (Wake), Jeff Tarte (Mecklenburg) and Trudy Wade (Guilford) were all denied another term. Two GOP Senators Dan Bishop (Meck) and John Alexander (Wake) won re-election.

The legislative gains give Democrats more secure footing to pursue teacher raises and Medicaid expansion in 2019, although it is unclear whether the diminished minorities will lead to gridlock or greater consensus at the legislature.

More than 52 percent of registered voters cast ballots, marking the highest mid-term turnout in North Carolina since 1990. 

Partnering with his longtime colleague Leoneda Inge, Jeff Tiberii is a co-host of Due South, WUNC’s new daily show. A graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, Jeff has been in public radio for 20 years. He was a Morning Edition host at member station WFDD (Winston-Salem), before joining WUNC in 2011. After reporting on a wide range of topics as the Greensboro Bureau Chief, Jeff moved over to politics. During his eight-year stint as Capitol Bureau Chief, he covered state and federal politics, produced a radio documentary, launched a podcast, and was named North Carolina Radio Reporter of the Year four times. He regularly filed stories for NPR, and his work has also appeared on the BBC, American Public Media, and PBS. Jeff lives in Raleigh with his wife and two young children. He is writing his first book, hopes to hike the entire Mountains-to-Sea trail, and is a left-handed cynic. He believes co-hosting Due South is a once-in-a-career opportunity, and is excited to tell an array of southern stories.
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