With the results of Tuesday’s election, Democrats broke a supermajority held by Republicans in the state House.

Democrats snagged more than the forty-nine seats they needed to break Republican’s three-fifths majority, but not enough to gain an outright majority in that chamber.

Early Wednesday morning, it was unclear if Democrats would do the same in the Senate. Democrats had the lead in twenty-one Senate races—the number they needed to break that chamber’s supermajority, but two were within a one-percentage-point margin, which could trigger a recount, some precincts had yet to report, and all results are considered unofficial until canvassed.

Over 3.7 million North Carolinians—52 percent of registered voters in the state—cast ballots in the midterm election.

Holding the supermajority means that Republicans can override vetoes by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. 

Wayne Goodwin, chairman of the state Democratic Party, said in a statement that breaking the supermajority and electing a legislature that will work with Cooper was the “one goal” North Carolina Democrats had set their eyes on.

“North Carolina sent a loud message tonight to Republicans in the General Assembly that they are tired of backroom, secretive deal-making that has put special interests ahead of what’s best for regular people,” he said. “Lawmakers should listen to the will of the people when they return to Raleigh through productive, bipartisan governing, not one more final, last-gasp power grab.

Senator Mike Woodard, who represents Durham, said voters took “step one” in breaking the Republican stranglehold on the state two years ago by electing Cooper.

“With the supermajority broken in both chambers, we’re going to start having a lot more influence on things like affordable and accessible health care, a clean environment, better protection for workers, and better education for our kids,” he said. (Democrats, including Woodard, unsurprisingly retained all House and Senate seats representing Durham).

In a tweet, North Carolina GOP chairman Dallas Woodhouse called the results “not bad at all.”

One reply on “Democrats Break Republican Supermajority in NC State House, Might Crack the Senate, Too”

  1. How will public education be improved when incompetent teachers are harbored in chasing out certified teachers? If you give an incompetent more money, she is still incompetent, albeit at a higher rate of pay. Meanwhile, your highly educated, certified teachers are sitting at home with no pay at all, and students are getting a poor education.

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