RED, BLUE AND PURPLE

Paul Fogleman,

Red North Carolina has a Republican-dominated Legislative branch at constant war with the executive. Gov. Roy Cooper, Democrat, has faced attempts to strip him of power to appoint his cabinet, veto overrides, and more recently of funds he negotiated from Dominion Power Co. extending a natural gas pipeline across Eastern North Carolina. Color him blue.

Democrats this year recruited candidates to run in all 170 legislative districts as did Republicans. But observers in North Carolina politics have concluded that only 26 districts are truly competitive. Democrats would have to win a net gain of 10 Senate seats and 16 House seats to regain a majority. The recent election of a Democrat in a solid red congressional district in Pennsylvania has energized party leaders across Tarheelia. They believe new voters in the metropolitan areas will turn North Carolina purple.

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