Paul Fogleman,

We already know there will be a new look to the 2019 session. There will be more women. Both Republican and Democratic recruiting leaders focused on lining up women candidates. Democrats need to pick up seven House seats to break the GOP “super majority” that can override Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes. Most observers think that will happen. The Senate Democrats would need to gain five seats and this is uncertain. It will all depend on money, the political climate in November and the marketing strategies of both parties. The changing trends in urban and rural demographics also could be a tipping point in 2018. But Democrats have not give up on rural North Carolina and Republicans have not conceded the rapidly-growing metro areas.

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