Candidates, party officials and voters gathered Tuesday night to watch results come in and discuss goals for the next two years.
The tone at the North Carolina Democratic Party Headquarters in Raleigh was cautiously optimistic and celebratory, with U.S. Rep. David Price and state Supreme Justice-elect Anita Earls giving victory speeches during the event.
"I don’t think anyone who’s been working the early voting or who was out at the polls today can mistake that there’s a great energy in the country," Price said in his speech. "There’s a great yearning for change.”
Wayne Goodwin, chairperson of the North Carolina Democratic Party, said his greatest hope for the evening was for Democrats to break the Republican supermajority in the General Assembly.
“North Carolina is a bellwether state in terms of our registration numbers and the opportunity we have for growth in terms of number of democratic leaders," Goodwin said. "We’ve had an unprecedented effort with Governor Roy Cooper to organize for this election, more than we’ve ever seen for a midterm election, and we have an incredible, diverse range of candidates that puts us in good position for victories tonight and to get ready for 2020 which starts tomorrow.”
Candidates and party officials were focused on breaking Republican majorities statewide and nationwide, and reported a desire to change the direction of the country.
"By working together over the past year, we have shown that we can stand up for the importance of an independent judiciary, stand up for the principle that no one is above the law and stand up for the importance of the people’s right to vote,” Earls said in her victory speech. “We can protect our democracy by our hard work, by our commitment to each other and by letting our voices be heard at the ballot box.”
Matt Hughes, second vice chairperson for the North Carolina Democratic Party, said this election's high voter turnout was a good sign for Democrats and their key campaign issues for North Carolina.
"Our major goals going forward are funding education and increasing teacher pay, expanding Medicaid and also focusing more strongly on middle class tax relief and job creation,” Hughes said.