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Preliminary election results reveal a modest blue wave in NC

There are still a lot of results yet to come in — slow vote counting in Wake County due to machine issues has been especially frustrating — but preliminary results indicate the following promising developments for Democrats:

  • The end of the Republican supermajority in the state House of Representatives appears all but assured. There is also a real chance that Democrats may also pick up enough state Senate seats to achieve a similar result in that body.
  • Two power-grabbing constitutional amendments that would have taken power from Governor Cooper and given it to legislative leaders have been soundly defeated.
  • The state Supreme Court will now enjoy a 5-2 Democratic majority with Anita Earls’ convincing victory.
  • Democratic members of Congress from North Carolina will be headed back to a U.S. House in which they will serve as members of the majority party.

Be sure to check back here and on the main Policy Watch site tomorrow morning for more details and analysis of tonight’s results.

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