NC Legislature remains in Republican hands

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The General Assembly will remain in Republican hands for another two years as the GOP preserved its majority in the Senate and expanded its majority in the House.

Unofficial results show Republicans have won 26 seats in the Senate and 69 in the House. They are also leading in several other seats and appear poised to gain veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers. Republicans have held 68 seats in the House and 31 in the Senate over the past two years.

Results show House Democrats Martha Alexander and Marian McLawhorn lost their seats, while Republicans won at least three open seats previously held by Democrats.

Sen. Don East won his seat posthumously. East died last month. Republican leaders in his district picked outgoing Rep. Shirley Randleman to replace him.

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