North Carolina is a state to watch not only for the presidential race, but for party will control the U.S. Senate. Recent polling conducted on the race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, as well as between Thom Tillis and Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham, suggests that both contests will be close.
Most likely Trump won the popular vote in the state and, with 15 electoral votes. It’s also possible that, along with a Trump victory, Tillis lost to Cunningham.
Although this scenario seems counter-intuitive, North Carolinians often split their votes between Democratic and Republican candidates. North Carolina is the definition of a “purple state,” with nearly an equal number of Democratic and Republican senators elected since 1950.
In 2016, Trump made the state by more than three percentage points, but Democratic governor nominee Roy Cooper defeated Republican incumbent Pat McCrory. The parallels between McCrory and Tillis show that 2020 could be a repeat of 2016.
One concern that North Carolina voters had about McCrory is that they’re not sure what kind of Republican party he is. Elected as the average Republican mayor of Charlotte, McCrory moves in right
once elected governor, siding with the most conservative elements in the legislature and supporting the so-called “bathroom bill” (HB2), which prohibits transgendered individuals from using public hygiene linked to their new…