GOP Will Keep Control of General Assembly, But Supermajority Not So Secure

Oct 28, 2016

This election season, we’ve heard a lot about the presidential race, and campaigns for U.S. Senate and governor in North Carolina – and for good reason. We haven't heard much about state legislative races even though the General Assembly has fueled some of the year’s biggest political stories. Think House Bill 2, plus redistricting and changes to voting laws that were struck down in federal court.

Republicans are expected to maintain control of the General Assembly. The question is how much control. Democrats have hopes of gaining enough seats to break the GOP’s “supermajority” in both houses. That means they hold three-fifths of the seats – enough to override a governor’s veto.

WFAE's political analyst, Michael Bitzer of Catawba College, discusses what's at stake in state legislative races. This segment begins with a story from Jeff Tiberii, a statehouse reporter for NPR member station WUNC.