A half-empty North Carolina House chamber has voted to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state's two-year budget.
The unexpected vote on Wednesday morning came as dozens of Democrats weren't on the House floor. Republican leaders have been trying for over two months to locate enough votes to meet the threshold for an override, largely through winning over enough Democrats. But the same result occurred because Democrats opposed to the budget weren't at their seats.
The override isn't complete — the Senate still must hold a vote on the issue, but Republicans would only need one Democrat there to secure victory.
Wednesday's vote came as lawmakers have focused this week on redrawing legislative maps following a court ruling striking down dozens of them due to extreme partisan bias.