The latest episode of The Map Room is out on Old Bull TV! This week, Eric Cunningham (@decunningham2), Nick Morris (@TossupReport), and Jared Stone (@JStonePolitics) discuss North Carolina, Eric’s home state. This southern state is diverse, rapidly growing, and very competitive politically.
The hosts explain all you need to know about the basics of North Carolina politics: the traditional east-west divide, the modern urban/rural split, and the presence of many large cities spread throughout the state. Despite such a large and growing population, no single metropolitan area dominates the state and you need to campaign all over in order to win. It’s no wonder North Carolina tends to have very expensive campaigns!
Additionally, we discussed a major topic in North Carolina: gerrymandering. The state has had a series of gerrymandered maps since the 1990s, with many cycles having multiple redraws due to court rulings that struck down existing maps. The state’s current map, drawn this cycle, will likely ensure an 8-5 Republican/Democratic split, but past cycles have had skewed maps leading to anywhere from 10 Republicans and three Democrats to eight Democrats and four Republicans.
As always, a wide variety of election maps help show the major demographic and political factors in the state. We explain the key demographic and political regions in the state to emphasize just how balanced North Carolina is politically. You don’t want to miss it!
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