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Statewide Races That Will Be On Your 2018 Midterm Ballot

The North Carolina legislative building is seen in Raleigh.
The North Carolina legislative building in Raleigh.

There are 12 House districts within Mecklenburg County and five Senate districts. Democrats view the midterm election as crucial to breaking the Republican supermajority in the General Assembly. Right now, Republicans have enough representatives in the General Assembly to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper if he vetoes their legislation. Democrats are trying to change that by identifying key districts throughout the state they could flip.

North Carolina Democrats have their eyes on House Districts 98, 104 and 105 and Senate District 41 — all within Mecklenburg County.

All 170 state House and state Senate seats are on the 2018 ballot, and most of them are contested.

Here’s a list of state House and Senate races in districts within Mecklenburg County:

North Carolina House of Representatives: Click here for the district map.

District 88: Southwest Charlotte

  • Democrat: Mary Belk (Incumbent)
  • Republican: Ty Turner

District 92: South Charlotte toward Pineville

  • Democrat: Chaz Beasley (Incumbent)
  • Republican: Debbie Ware

District 98: Huntersville and Cornelius

  • Democrat: Christy Clark
  • Republican: John R. Bradford III (Incumbent)

Why this race is important: Democratshave their eyes on this contest, hoping a Clark victory over Incumbent Bradford will flip the district and help break the Republican supermajority in the legislature.

District 99: Northeast Charlotte

  • Democrat: Nasif Majeed
  • Republican: Joshua Niday

District 100: Southeast Charlotte

  • Democrat: John Autry (Incumbent)
  • Republican: Nancy Campbell

District 101: Northwest Charlotte toward Mount Holly

  • Democrat: Carolyn Logan
  • Republican: Steve Mauney

District 102: Central Charlotte

  • Democrat: Becky Carney (Incumbent)
  • Republican: Tyler Norris

District 103: South to east Mecklenburg toward Mint Hill

  • Democrat: Rachel Hunt
  • Republican: Bill Brawley (Incumbent)

District 104: South Charlotte

  • Democrat: Brandon Lofton
  • Republican: Andy Dulin (Incumbent)

Why this race is important: Democrats also have identified this race as a possible opportunity to flip the district, all in an effort to break the Republican supermajority in the General Assembly.

District: 105: Southernmost part of Mecklenburg County

  • Democrat: Wesley Harris
  • Republican: Scott Stone (Incumbent)

Why this race is important: Democrats are also looking at this Mecklenburg County race in hopes that a Harris victory will help them break the Republican supermajority in the state legislature.

District 106: Northeast Mecklenburg

  • Democrat: Carla Cunningham (Incumbent)
  • Republican: Geovani Sherow

District 107: Norwest Mecklenburg

  • Democrat: Kelly Alexander (Incumbent)

North Carolina Senate: Click here for the district map.

District 37: Central into southwest Charlotte

  • Democrat: Jeff Jackson (Incumbent)
  • Republican: Nora Trotman
  • Constitution: Stuart Andrew Collins

District 38: North Charlotte

  • Democrat: Mujtaba Mohammed
  • Republican: Richard Rivette

District 39: East Mecklenburg toward Mint Hill and south into Pineville.

  • Democrat: Chad Stachowicz
  • Republican: Dan Bishop (Incumbent)

District 40: East Charlotte

  • Democrat: Joyce Waddell (Incumbent)
  • Republican: Bobbie Shields

District 41: West Mecklenburg and some southern parts of the county toward Pineville

  • Democrat: Natasha Marcus
  • Republican: Jeff Tarte  (Incumbent)

Why this race is important: Democratshave identified D41 as one of the most “flippable” districts in the state, as part of an effort to break the Republican supermajority in the General Assembly. The race has also centered around the controversial Interstate 77 tolls project. Both candidates have criticized the project and the company the state has contracted to build the tolls. Marcus has criticized incumbent Tarte, who initially approved of the project, for not doing enough to stop it. Marcus has also been criticized for not bringing more progressives in to speak out against what’s seen as a Republican-leaning cause. More on that here.

Return to the 2018 Midterm Voter Guide here.

Jessa O’Connor was an assistant digital news editor and Sunday reporter for WFAE.