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Stories and features about North Carolina candidates, voters, and the politics of the 2014 mid-term elections. Polls are open across N.C. until 7:30 p.m. on election day, November 4.

Governor Pat McCrory Warns GOP Against Complacency

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Governor Pat McCrory says he's pleased with last night's Republican victories in both statewide and Congressional elections, although he told WUNC earlier today that some of those victories were unexpected, especially on the state level.

"I was very surprised, frankly, based upon our surveys and others, that we didn't lose any seats in the Senate- in fact, we gained one,  and we lost very few seats in the House," said McCrory.

"Also, we did pretty good in the Supreme Court, where we got the chief justice of the Supreme Court. And of course Thom Tillis's victory is, from a personal standpoint -- he's been a good friend of mine -- and I think he's going to be a good U.S. Senator."

McCrory says he's looking forward to working with Senator-elect Tillis on various projects that might require federal involvement. That includes a 25-year transportation and infrastructure plan that encompasses everything from improving roads to looking at mass transit options.

However, McCrory said last night's Republican victories shouldn't be a time for the party to rest on its laurels. He says now the party needs to focus on leadership and problem solving, and work to overcome political divisions in the state.

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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