The prospect of North Carolina flipping its House delegation from a Democratic majority to a Republican super-majority has triggered a flood of new Republican candidates sensing an opportunity to ride the next conservative wave into Washington.
Redistricting, led by a GOP-controlled state legislature, has given Republicans a chance to pick up more new seats in North Carolina than anywhere else in the country. They are counting on winning two, and possibly four, extra seats. The Democrats’ 7-6 majority in the state congressional delegation could conceivably turn into a 3-10 minority should the votes fall in the Republicans’ favor.
Making matters worse for N.C. Democrats is a state party scandal involving sexual harassment allegations that forced the executive director of the N.C. Democratic Party to resign. Republicans are doing everything they can to stoke the controversy.
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