Sweeping gains give Republicans control of North Carolina's state legislature

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November 5, 2010

By Greg Janetka

RALEIGH, North Carolina: On Tuesday North Carolina voters handed over control of the state Senate and House to Republicans, giving them a clear majority in each chamber. North Carolina was one of six states that saw both chambers switch from Democratic to Republican hands, the others being Alabama, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin.

In the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama won North Carolina with 49.9% of the popular vote.[1] That same year saw Democrat Beverly Perdue win the election for Governor of North Carolina. As the state did not hold a gubernatorial election in 2010, Perdue will have to contend with this new balance of power when both chambers reconvene in January.

Ballotpedia ranked the North Carolina legislative elections as 19th in overall electoral competitiveness, and regarded both chambers as "Toss ups" in a projection of probable electoral outcomes. The Republican win could have far reaching consequences on future GOP control of the legislature, as the General Assembly will redraw voting districts for the next 10 years.[2]

Senate

All of North Carolina's 50 senate districts were up in 2010. Republicans gained 11 seats, including six from incumbent Democrats and 5 in districts where the incumbent Democrat chose not to run for re-election. Republicans have not held a majority in the state Senate since 1870.[2]

North Carolina State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 30 19
     Republican Party 20 31
Total 50 50

The following incumbent Democrats were defeated by Republicans:

House

North Carolina'a 120 House districts were all up for grabs in 2010. Republicans gained 15 seats, including 12 from incumbent Democrats and 3 in districts where the incumbent Democrat chose not to run for re-election.

North Carolina House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 68 52
     Republican Party 52 67
     Independent - 1
Total 120 120

The following incumbent Democrats were defeated by Republicans:

One incumbent Democrat, Nelson Cole, lost to Independent Bert Jones.

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