Some NC Legislative Contests Still Undecided

A sample ballot for North Carolina's House District 50 is seen in a photo illustration as early voting for the 2016 general elections begins in the state, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S. October 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

RALEIGH – There is a ton of news coverage related to the giant boondoggle in Broward County et. al, as well as other race around the country, but votes are still being tallied for a few races here in the Old North State too. But while the national picture solidified in Democrats’ favor, there are at least a few breaks for the Republicans here.

Ross (R-Alamance) is the deputy majority leader in N.C. House, backing up Majority Leader Rep. John Bell. The fact that this rural Republican seat was so threatened in the first place is a measure of how close this election got to breaching the majority.

Other N.C. House contests are still up in the air, such as in the Charlotte suburbs where incumbent Republican Rep. Bill Brawley is trailing Democrat Rachel Hunt by a mere 64 votes on November 10. Yet closer, Sen. Michael Lee (R) trailed by only 36 votes to his Democratic challenger in the Wilmington area. Recounts are likely in both races.

If you ever thought your vote didn’t count, just consider the margin of victory, or defeat, in these races. This is exactly why Voter ID is necessary to insure integrity in such narrow races, but the Left won’t see the common sense in that connection.

Though it may take a little while longer for final tallies to be confirmed, we’re assured to avoid a repeat of the gubernatorial election of 2016 that dragged until near Christmas after a late pile of votes that put Cooper on top on election night were challenged and recounted.

Eventually the 2018 dust will settle on all of the state legislative elections and the weakened Republican majority will approach two years of fighting an emboldened Democrat in the governor’s mansion. Though, not before the current majority comes back for a special session to address disaster relief, legislative necessities regarding the constitutional amendments, and the inevitable surprise issue the majority sees fit to push through before their numbers are reduced.

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