On Nov. 6, voters across the state cast their ballots with hopes of electing the candidates who represented their values.
“We’ve had huge, huge, huge turnout in Orange County,” said Jim Bartow, chairperson of the Orange County Democratic Party, on election night. “Huge early voting turnout and huge today turnout. I think people are energized and people want to win.”
Those hoping for a blue wave saw some of their goals realized, and a significant youth wave swept the nation as well.
Sue Googe, a Wake County resident who attended the North Carolina GOP’s election night event, said she hoped the country could find an identity to agree on.
“I believe it’s a turning point of some sort because this country is so divided right now,” Googe said. “The left and the right receive different news sources and have their own set of media that they’re listening to, almost like they live in different worlds, so it’s hard to gauge what’s really going on.”
Voters in North Carolina faced elections for the U.S. House, N.C. General Assembly and N.C. Supreme Court, along with referendums on several constitutional amendments.
Democrats were able to break the Republican supermajority in both the state house and senate, unlocking the power of Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto.
Republicans maintained nine of their 10 previous U.S. House districts in the state. Democrats held their three, including U.S. Rep. David Price, D-04, and one is still undecided.
The N.C. State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement declined to certify the election results in U.S. House District 9, which includes much of the area around Charlotte. Preliminary results show Republican Mark Harris with a minute lead over Democrat Dan McCready, but irregularities in the election regarding voter fraud and absentee ballots caused the BOE to vote unanimously to not certify Harris' victory.