RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Let the campaigns begin!
Wednesday at noon was the deadline for candidates to file for this year’s congressional and legislative races.
At the General Assembly, analysts say the big story will be if Republicans hold on to the supermajority after this year’s election.
In a state with a Republican-led legislature and a Democrat-led executive with Gov. Roy Cooper, that means there is plenty on the line.
“I could easily see Democrats picking up enough seats so that they take back the supermajority status from the Republicans,” said Meredith College Political Science Professor David McLennan.
At the General Assembly, the Senate has 35 Republicans out of a possible 50 seats. The House has 75 Republicans out of a possible 120.
To have a supermajority, a chamber needs three-fifths majority. If Republicans lose four seats in the House, they’d lose the supermajority.
“They’re going to really fight hard for that because now, no matter what Governor Cooper does, he’s vetoed I think 11 bills that have been overridden and that’s a lot in one year,” said McLennan. “If they lose that supermajority status, then they can’t easily get the override.”
McLennan said one legislative race that could get interesting is the race for House District 40 in Northwestern Wake County. Democratic incumbent Joe John faces Republican challenger Marilyn Avila and Libertarian David Ulmer.
Avila used to have that seat but lost a close race to John in 2016.
McLennan also said another aspect of this year’s election that stands out is how few uncontested races there are.
“Democrats have been putting a little bit more time and energy into recruiting candidates and raising money and, as Republicans see the Democrats doing that, they’re responding in kind,” he said.WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON:
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