The Republican party is projected to keep their control over the N.C. General Assembly, according to unofficial results from the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
In the state Senate, the Republican majority now stands at 28 to the Democratic minority’s 22. In the state House, the number now stands at 69 to 51.
Prior to the election, Republicans controlled 29 seats in the state Senate and 65 in the House.
“After all of the time and expense running election campaigns, the results suggest public policies are unlikely to change drastically over the next two years,” Mitch Kokai, senior policy analyst at the John Locke Foundation, said in an email.
The Republican Party first took over control of both chambers of the General Assembly after the 2010 election, ending over a century of Democratic control of at least one chamber.
With that, they brought about changes like decreasing the number of judges in the state Court of Appeals from 15 to 12 in 2017, decreasing the individual income tax rate to 5.25 percent from 7.75 percent and privatizing parts of Medicaid in 2015.
Despite controlling both chambers, Kokai said Republicans will still need help from the Democrats to override any potential veto from Gov. Roy Cooper, who is projected to win his second term as governor.
Joe Czabovsky, an assistant journalism professor at UNC, said the governor has some of his own autonomous executive abilities, but his duties are intertwined with the state legislature.
“Things like funding, if there are new rules or laws passed by the assembly, it's going to impact how that executive is going to carry out those new laws,” Czabovsky said.