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The Split Ticket: When Voters Go Outside The Party Lines

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In the last 40 years, North Carolina has voted for a president and governor from separate parties in seven out of 11 elections. Each time the state has split the vote, North Carolinians have elected a Republican president and a Democratic governor. The 2020 election produced the same result, as thousands of people voted for President Donald Trump and Governor Roy Cooper.

On this episode of The Politics Podcast, host Jeff Tiberii talks with Peter Francia, political science professor and director of the ECU Center for Survey Research, about the reasons why voters might split their ticket, and the history of the phenomenon in North Carolina. Jeff also talks with one split-ticket voter about their choice to cast a ballot for Trump and Cooper.

Music in this episode includes:
Brain by Lobo Loco

Jeff Tiberii covers politics for WUNC. Before that, he served as the station's Greensboro Bureau Chief.
Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.