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The growing GOP schism, and will it matter at the polls

Matt Bush
Blue Ridge Public Radio

The nation's political eyes are on North Carolina.  First, for the gerrymandering lawsuit that the state supreme court is expected to rule that will determine lines for U.S. House and General Assembly elections this year, but also for the U.S. Senate election which could determine which party controls the chamber next year.

In the background of both of those, is the growing schism in the Republican Party, between the side that supports former President Donald Trump and the side that doesn't like his tone and methods.  A poll this month done by the John Locke Foundation only underscored the growing differences.

Cory Vaillancourt, the politics editor for Smoky Mountain News and a BPR contributor, has spent the past months examining that growing schism in his reporting.  He joins BPR's Matt Bush to talk about that, plus what he remembers from one year ago when he attended President Biden's inauguration in DC.  Their interview will be a part of a new episode of The Porch, this Friday morning at 9 on Blue Ridge Public Radio.

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.