RALEIGH — Yes, even though the filing deadlines are weeks away, we have entered the political season. Even as we gain voters in North Carolina, the political division is being split by the continued growth of the unaffiliated voters. According to voter registration statistics from the State Board of Elections, as of January 3, 3018, the number of unaffiliated voters now exceed the number of Republicans by almost 27,000 voters.
According to this data, there are 2,091,907 unaffiliated voters on North Carolina’s voter rolls compared to 2,064,966 registered Republicans. There are 2,647,482 registered Democrats.
The percentages for the party affiliations for the 6,838,697 registered NC voters as of Jan. 1, 2018 are as follows:
- Unaffiliated voters: 30.6%
- Registered Republicans: 30%
- Registered Democrats: 38.8 %
In Jan. 2016, the total number of voters was 6,435,547.
- 1,816,104 Unaffiliated: 20.1%
- 1,960,455 Republicans: 30.5%
- 2,631,126 Democrats: 40%
In the last 2 years, there has been an increase of registered voters of 403,150 in N.C.
Statewide the Democrats already have a large pool of candidates for 100 seats in the 170-member bicameral Legislature. Though official candidate filing doesn’t start until mid-February, parties are scrambling to find good viable candidates.
All 50 Senate seats and all 120 House seats go up for grabs Nov. 6. The GOP holds a 75-45 majority in the North Carolina House and 35-15 Senate advantage in the N.C. Legislature. If Democrats flip 16 House seats and 11 Senate seats in November they would take back the majority leadership of the General Assembly.
However, the Democrats would require only four House seats or six Senate seats to break the veto majority to override Cooper’s veto. All legislators serve two-year terms.