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Analysis Of Election: What Did Voters Say?

Denise Cross Photography

A recap of the election results in North Carolina - from the presidency to the governor's mansion. How do the voters' decisions impact the state and country, and what message did voters send?

The dust is settling on a new political landscape - one with Donald Trump as president-elect.

After one of the longest and most contentious elections in modern history, the Republican nominee defied the polls and rode a wave of voter anger to score a stunning upset over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"If you look at the exit polls, both in North Carolina and nationally, over two-thirds of the respondents said that they were either dissatisfied or angry with the federal government," Catawba College political scientist Dr. Michael Bitzer said. "And guess who they voted for."

Battleground North Carolina helped carry Trump to victory, and helped maintained Republican control of the U.S. Senate by re-electing Richard Burr to his third term.

The race for North Carolina governor is too close to call and is headed for a recount. Even if Democrats retake the governor's mansion, Republicans held on to their super-majority in the General Assembly.

"I think a lot of Republicans are asking themselves how did they get Richard Burr elected, how did Donald Trump win by such a large margin compared to the last two elections, and then Pat McCrory looks like he might lose?" said Tim Boyum, anchor of Time Warner Cable News' Capital Tonight.

Reporters and analysts who've watched the race unfold over the past two years share their morning-after analysis on the election's results and surprises, and their impact on North Carolina and the country.


Tom Bullock, reporter, WFAE

Jim Morrill, reporter, The Charlotte Observer

Dr. Michael Bitzer, professor of political science, provost; Catawba College

Dr. Susan Roberts, professor of political science, Davidson College

Tim Boyum, anchor, Capital Tonight, Time Warner Cable News