GOP keeps super-majorities in General Assembly

Posted November 5, 2014

— Despite a few losses, Republicans held on to their veto-proof majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly in Tuesday's election.

NC House balance of power: 74-46 

House Republicans lost four seats, including two members of House Speaker Thom Tillis' leadership team.

In Buncombe County , Rep.Tim Moffitt lost his seat to Democrat Brian Turner in one of the House's most acrimonious contests.

In Wake County, Rep. Tom Murry lost a closely contested race to Cary Mayor Pro Tem Gayle Adcock.

In Henderson County, Rep. Nathan Ramsey lost a similarly close contest to Democrat John Ager. 

In Lee County, Rep. Mike Stone lost by a hefty margin to Democratic challenger Brad Salmon.

However, House Republicans also picked up an open Person County seat vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Winkie Wilkins.

That's a net GOP loss of three seats, bringing the House balance of power to 74 Republicans and 46 Democrats. That figure still exceeds the 72 votes needed to override a veto by Gov. Pat McCrory.  

N.C. Senate balance of power: 34-16 

The Senate Republicans successfully defended four seats that had been targeted by Democrats seeking to take away Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger's veto-proof majority.

Wake County Sen. Chad Barefoot fended off Democratic challenger Sarah Crawford by a comfortable margin in a race that cost more than $1 million. 

In Cumberland County, Sen. Wesley Meredith fought off a challenge from Democrat Billy Richardson, a former lawmaker, in what was probably the Senate's nastiest race.

New Hanover County Sen. Mike Lee, who was appointed following the resignation of Sen. Thom Goolsby, held on to the seat against a challenge from Democrat Elizabeth Redenbaugh. 

In a Wake County race so close it could be subject to a recount, Republican Johnny "Mac" Alexander narrowly defeated Democrat Tom Bradshaw for the open seat vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Neal Hunt. The margin of victory was 717 votes out of more than 80,000 votes cast - less than 1 percent.

Bradshaw campaign adviser Gary Pearce said Bradshaw hasn't yet decided whether to seek a recount. 

In addition, Republicans picked up the seat of Democratic Sen. Gene McLaurin in Richmond County, bringing the balance of power in the Senate to 34 Republicans and 16 Democrats. That's four votes more than the 30 needed to override a gubernatorial veto – an even larger veto-proof majority than the Senate GOP had going into Tuesday's race.


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  • Gary Lasereyes Nov 6, 2014

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    It doesn't fit the template that all republicans are racists. The liberal media doesn't know how to write a story about a black republican let alone believe they actually exist. Their heads must have exploded Tuesday night when he won. It obliterated every myth liberals tell you about republicans.

  • Gary Lasereyes Nov 6, 2014

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    None of that is even remotely true. Show me one person who actually said "I want more dirty water." Your tired talking points are tired. You have been spitting that drivel for years and people are tired of hearing it. Increased poverty? I think you need to look at those numbers under Barry they have all gone up, that's a fact. The ACA was rammed through on a lie, and people were mad about that look at the polls and how unpopular the ACA is. This election was a referendum on Barry and the Democrats bad ideas and failed policies. You have been saying you want to help people and you have done nothing except tell them that if they don't keep voting for you it will get worse and you haven't even made it better. Your "Jesus loving" comment, people don't like to be made fun of over their faith and you liberals are so smug that you just cant believe that all people don't think like you

  • monami Nov 5, 2014

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    I wish I agreed with you, but after yesterday's results, I feel pessimistic about any iota of progressive representation emerging in NC's next election. I didn't realize so many people fail to "get it." They're voting squarely against their better interests based on propagandized sound bites. Do folks really want polluted water, poorly educated youth, increased poverty and crime, guns aplenty and wars? I guess so. Not a very civilized society, are we? Hating gays, minorities and the ACA, freaking out that someone might take your gun(s) and loving Jesus is a heck of a winning platform in 2014 in the USA.

  • Henry Griffin Nov 5, 2014
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    I would not celebrate too much for too long. The governor's race is statewide so gerrymandering doesn't work. Unless McCrory changes, he is one and done. As for the next President, get used to saying President Clinton again. George W. has inoculated the country from electing another Bush in my lifetime. A shame, since his Dad was truly a very decent man.

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  • Joseph Smith Nov 5, 2014
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    I thought so as well.

  • Steve Lancaster Nov 5, 2014
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    No mention in the media about Tim Scott becomes first black senator elected in south since Reconstruction era, this should be big news......

  • Eq Videri Nov 5, 2014
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    No, it's more the result of partisan redistricting, which amplifies the power of the party in control. Yes, both sides do it, and for the same reason: to win. With the help of newer computer technology, the Republicans are just better at it.

  • 68_dodge_polara Nov 5, 2014

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    Won't last, folks become complacent too quickly and attention spans are too short.

  • Brenda Lawrence Nov 5, 2014
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    Think of all the good the money spent on these races could have done. And now the campaign for president begins. They don't have TIME to govern for fundraising!