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North Carolina Republicans finish 1 seat short of supermajority in General Assembly

The North Carolina state flag flies outside the Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2022.
Matt Ramey
for WUNC
The North Carolina state flag flies outside the Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2022.

North Carolina Republicans came within one seat of gaining a supermajority in the state General Assembly.

On Tuesday night, the state GOP did gain a supermajority in the North Carolina Senate.

At a time of deep political division and continued hyper partisanship, it is perhaps only fitting that there was a split decision at the General Assembly.

Under the new balance of power, Republicans cannot simply override gubernatorial vetoes along party lines, but it becomes possible with the help of just one Democrat.

Republicans sought the additional seats to give them veto-proof majorities in each chamber come January for the first time since late 2018.

Since then, not one of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's nearly four dozen vetoes — mostly on bills following the GOP's preferred policies on issues such as guns, immigration, taxes and abortion — has been overridden.

Other Legislative Results

  • In the state Senate, Republican candidates picked up two seats in the eastern North Carolina. All race results are unofficial until certified by the state board of elections.
  • Republican Buck Newton (Wilson) defeated Democrat Toby Fitch in a redrawn district, while Bobby Hanig won a contest against Valerie Jordan, in a district that runs from I-95 to the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The thirtieth seat on the Republican side came from New Hanover County, where Republican incumbent Michael Lee was victorious against Democratic challenger Maria Morgan.

Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) released the following statement about the election results:
"Tonight the voters of North Carolina spoke loud and clear," Berger said. "They returned a Republican supermajority to the state Senate."

The results mean that Republicans are likely to test Cooper’s ability to sustain a veto.

Jeff Tiberii is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Jeff joined WUNC in 2011. During his 20 years in public radio, he was Morning Edition Host at WFDD and WUNC’s Greensboro Bureau Chief and later, the Capitol Bureau Chief. Jeff has covered state and federal politics, produced the radio documentary “Right Turn,” launched a podcast, and was named North Carolina Radio Reporter of the Year four times.
Elizabeth “Liz” Baier is an editor for WUNC. She has two decades of experience than span print, audio, and digital reporting and editing.