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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders are aiming for super-sized control of the legislature for the next two years as voters choose the next edition of the General Assembly. Democrats led by Gov. Roy Cooper are fighting for their party to retain enough seats after Tuesday so Republicans fall short of veto-proof margins. The GOP needs at least two additional Senate seats and three House seats to reach veto-proof status. Cooper and other Democrats have warned that severe abortion restrictions could be ahead if the GOP reaches that threshold. Results from roughly 15 highly-competitive races likely will determine the outcome.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two competitive races for North Carolina Supreme Court seats will determine the partisan makeup of the state’s highest court and lay the groundwork for upcoming legal battles. Democrats hold a slim 4-3 majority, but two Democrat-held seats are up for election this year. Republicans only need to win one to flip the majority in their favor. The judicial elections come in the final months of a tumultuous two-year court term distinguished by several split decisions favoring the Democratic majority. These high-profile rulings have drawn criticism from both sides that the judiciary has become too politicized. All four candidates are vowing to keep their personal politics from interfering with their rulings, should they win.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A newly formed congressional district in North Carolina could affect partisan control of the U.S. House. The 13th District is being closely watched as a marquee race in the state in the midterm elections. Democratic state Sen. Wiley Nickel and Republican political newcomer Bo Hines are both in uncharted territory as they seek to represent urban, suburban and rural constituents between Raleigh and Goldsboro. A lengthy redistricting battle scrambled the state’s congressional map. Analysts say Republicans are favored in seven of the state’s 14 districts, and Democrats are favored in six. The map will only be used for the 2022 election and will be redrawn for 2024.