Cars pass by the North Carolina State Capitol building on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. In the 2020 election, all of the incumbents in the council of state races won re-election or are leading over their opponent.

Results for N.C. Council of State show the power of incumbency in North Carolina

Six of nine Council of State races featured incumbents who, according to unofficial results, have won re-election. This is not a new trend — incumbents in North Carolina win by significantly larger margins than races featuring two non-incumbents. 


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A member of the crowd at Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest's election night party wears a Trump 2020 hat on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Election Day is over. What comes next for North Carolina?

North Carolina's unofficial results most likely won't change until Nov. 12. This means North Carolinians likely won't know who won close races, such as the presidential race or the U.S. Senate race, until then. There are approximately 117,000 outstanding absentee ballots in North Carolina. Jason Roberts, a UNC political science professor and member of the Orange County Board of Elections, said most counties won't count these outstanding absentee ballots until Nov. 12 or 13, right before county boards of elections certify results. 


Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a rally ahead of Super Tuesday at St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Later that day, Biden won the South Carolina primary.

Former Vice President Joe Biden projected to win U.S. presidency in close race

President Donald Trump had the lead in North Carolina over former Vice President Joe Biden as of midnight, leading by 1.39 percent, according to unofficial results. 117,000 absentee ballots in North Carolina have yet to be returned, according to the N.C. State Board of Elections.  This is larger than the number of votes Trump has over Biden as of midnight on Tuesday, which was 76,380. In North Carolina, absentee ballots received by Nov. 12 will be counted in the election. 


Gerry Cohen, member of the Wake County Board of Elections and an adjunct professor at Duke University. Photo courtesy of Cohen.

OC Voice: Election Day is almost here

The OC Voice is a portion of the OC Report newsletter where local residents may have a platform to talk about local issues they care about. Gerry Cohen is a member of the Wake County Board of Elections and an adjunct professor at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.