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Election Analysis On The State Of Things

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Republican State House Speaker Thom Tillis defeated incumbent Senator Kay Hagan in one of the most-watched and most expensive races in the country. Hagan's defeat was one of several nationwide that gave Senate control to the GOP.

At the state level, the Republican party maintained control of both houses of the legislature.

Host Frank Stasio talks with a panel of reporters and analysts about the outcomes and the impact: political junkie Ken Rudin; Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer; Davidson College political science professor Susan Roberts; NC NAACP President William Barber; Carolina Public Press Capitol Bureau Chief Kirk Ross; and WUNC reporters Jessica Jones, Dave Dewitt, Reema Khrais and Jorge Valencia.

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
Will Michaels is WUNC's General Assignment Reporter and fill-in host for "Morning Edition"