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Election 2020

2020 Election Outcomes Didn't Change NC Policy-Making Landscape

The biggest headline in North Carolina after Election Day is obviously the presidential race with our state labeled "too close to call" and the final outcome still unsettled. While it appears that President Trump will win North Carolina, absentee ballots that were postmarked by 5 p.m. on Election Day can be received by county Boards of Election until November 12 and counted as long as they were legally cast and are valid. This means North Carolinians and outsiders will have to wait a week on final results.

Despite the media focus on the presidential race, election outcomes in state-level races - particularly races for legislative seats in the NC General Assembly - are more relevant and connected to NCLCCA's advocacy mission for licensed child care providers. And when it comes to these races, the 2020 elections didn't change the political or policymaking landscape in North Carolina. 

We will still see divided government for the next two years in North Carolina with Democratic Governor Roy Cooper winning reelection over Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest 51.48% to 47.06% and Republicans maintaining control of both chambers of the General Assembly. (North Carolina operates on a two-year State Budget cycle and all 170 seats in the General Assembly are up for grabs every two years.) 

NC General Assembly 2020 Election Outcomes

NC (State) House
The State House is currently controlled by Republicans 65-55. After Election Day, it appears Republicans will pick up 3 or 4 more seats for a 69-51 or 68-52 majority. While growing their majority in the NC House, Republicans still won't get back their "veto-proof supermajority" they held before the 2018 midterm elections, which means it will be challenging for them to override gubernatorial vetoes of legislation they pass if all legislators vote along party lines. (This is something we've seen frequently over the last two years.) 

It is important to note that close legislative races could shift due to outstanding mail-in ballots and provisional ballots that may be counted after November 12. However, the outcomes of these races will not change which party holds the majority in the NC House and Senate. 

NC (State) Senate 
The NC Senate is also currently controlled by Republicans 29-21. Republicans lost one seat from their majority in the Senate after Election Day and are expected to have a 28-22 majority for the next two years. Again, this is not a veto-proof supermajority in the chamber, giving more power to Governor Cooper's veto pen should he choose to override bills passed by state legislators. 

One State Senate race worth highlighting for licensed child care providers was the Senate District 31 race (Davie and Forsyth counties) where incumbent Senator Joyce Krawiec was challenged by Terri LeGrand. Senator Krawiec, a top Senate leader who has been a strong ally and champion for the child care industry, defeated her opponent to hold on to her seat 71.38% to 28.62%. 
More NC Election Outcomes for Licensed Child Care Providers

Lieutenant Governor
Republican political newcomer Mark Robinson upset State House member Yvonne Lewis Holley, winning the race for Lieutenant Governor 51.66% to 48.34%. The Lieutenant Governor sometimes presides over the NC Senate and serves as a tiebreaker vote when the chamber splits evenly. The office is also seen as a natural stepping stone to future campaign for governor. 

Superintendent of Public Instruction
Of particular interest to child care providers, Republican Catherine Truitt will be the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction, defeating Democratic challenger Jen Mangrum 51.40% to 48.60%. (Current Republican Superintendent Mark Johnson gave up the office to run unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor.) The Superintendent of Public Instruction will lead the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI), which has its hand in the state's NC Pre-K program, and also serves on the State Board of Education and co-leads the "B-3 Interagency Council." (The B-3 Interagency Council was created by the NC General Assembly in 2017 to "create a vision and accountability for a birth through grade 3 system of early education.")

NC Supreme Court
Republican candidates appear to have swept races for the State Supreme Court. Although their good showing in 2020 election outcomes will erode the Democratic majority on the state's high court, it will not flip it.  

The State Supreme Court Chief Justice race between current Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, a Democrat, and Associate Justice Paul Newby, a Republican, has a razor thin margin of 3,742 votes or .08%. It appears Justice Newby is winning - if he does, the court's makeup will likely move to a 4-3 Democratic majority. If Chief Justice Beasley pulls out a win, the court will likely be 5-2 with Democrats in control. 

United States Senate (Congress)
Incumbent Republican Senator Thom Tillis defeated Democratic challenger and former State Senator Cal Cunningham 48.73% to 46.94%.

United States House of Representatives (Congress)
After expected Democratic victories in Congressional District 2 by former NC House member Deborah Ross and District 6 by Kathy Manning, the North Carolina Congressional delegation is now split 8-5 in Republican's favor. Both Ross and Manning won in races for open seats with no incumbent, as did Republican newcomer Madison Cawthorn in western North Carolina Congressional District 11. In the remaining 10 Congressional races, the incumbents won and kept their seats in Congress. 

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