IN N.C. MORE OF THE SAME

Paul Fogleman,

It seems likely that North Carolina will have a Democrat governor. But on the day after the election, fewer than 4,900 votes put Attorney General Roy Cooper over incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory. The Senate gained a GOP seat giving the party a 35-15 majority over Democrats. Republicans lost House seats in Wake and Mecklenburg counties but picked up some rural legislators. This would sustain the Legislature’s ability to override a gubernatorial veto. When the General Assembly convenes January 15, 2017, there will be an atmosphere of celebrations and anticipation. But North Carolina will still have divided government with the Legislature in the driver’s seat.

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