North Carolina’s Congressional delegation will include five Democrats in the US House of Representative, according to Election Day results.
When North Carolina went into this election, there was something pretty off about its Congressional delegation.
It didn’t reflect the fact this is one very split state when it comes to political persuasions.
The state is famously, stubbornly purple. Democratic governor, Republican-led legislature. Obama in 2008, Trump in 2016.
But the way the state’s Congressional election worked out swerved from that pattern, with just three Democrats among the state 13 US House members, and two Republican Senators. (And of the 13 Congressional members, just two women).
But that changed Tuesday night.
There are now five Democrats and eight Republicans who won Congressional seats and will be headed to Washington in January. The realignment came after a panel of NC judges found in 2019 that the state’s Republican-led legislature illegally tweaked and gerrymandered the Congressional district to Republican’s favor.
Here’s the initial results of Tuesday’s election, with 97% of the state’s Election Day precincts in and 5.5 million ballots counted by the State Board of Elections as of 11:15 p.m.
· Incumbent G.K. Butterfield (D) over Sandy Smith (R) in US House District 1
· Deborah Ross (D) over Alan Swain (R) and Japth Matemu (LIB), US House District 2
· Incumbent Greg Murphy (R) over Daryl Farrow (D), US House District 3
· Incumbent David Price (D) over Robert Thomas (R), US House District 4
· Incumbent Virginia Foxx (R) over David W. Brown (D) and Jeffrey Gregory (CST), US House District 5
· Kathy Manning (D) over Lee Haywood (R), US House District 6
· Incumbent David Rozier (R) over Christopher Ward (D), US House District 7
· Incumbent Richard Hudson (R) over Patrice Timmons-Goodson (D) for US House District 8
· Incumbent Dan Bishop (R) over Cynthia Wallace (D), US House District 9
· Incumbent Patrick McHenry (R) over David Parker (D), US House District 10
· Madison Cawthorn (R) over Moe Davis (D), Tracey DeBruhl(LIB), Tamara Zwinak (Greeen) in US House District 11
· Incumbent Alma Adams (D) – Unopposed in US House District 12
· Incumbent Ted Budd (R) over Scott Huffman (D) in US House District 13
The high-profile US Senate Race between Republican Thom Tillis and Democrat Cal Cunningham remained too close to call Tuesday night.