GOP takes full control of state government
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RALEIGH -- For the first time in more than a century, Republicans are now in control of the North Carolina Governor's mansion and General Assembly. Republicans also maintained a conservative Supreme Court. The victories gave the state's Republican party a lot to celebrate this Election Day.
"It'll be the first time in 143 years that a Republican will be inaugurated as governor and have the assistance of Republican majorities in the legislature," said House Majority Leader Rep. Paul Stam.
In the North Carolina House of Representatives, Republicans gained the super majority.
"We're finishing this night with 77 members in the House of Representatives," said Speaker of the House Rep. Thom Tillis.
The super majority gives the house the ability to override the governor's vetoes, which may not be essential with Pat McCrory in the governor's seat.
"It's going to help us get things done in North Carolina and take care of a lot of things that haven't been accomplished for the last decade," Tillis said.
Republicans also made substantial gains in the state's race for Congress with the majority of seats going red. Previously, Democrats held the majority 7-6.
"The economy is the number one issue of the people of North Carolina so with more Republicans in Congress in North Carolina, that's going to be the benefit there," said George Holding, who won the District 13 Congress seat.
Now, Republicans plan to make some changes.
"Balancing the budget, reducing regulation, making things better for the private sector and reducing taxes on the people of North Carolina," said President Pro Tem Sen. Phil Berger.
Stam added education to their to-do list.
Another highlight for Republicans was to see North Carolina return to its long-standing history of giving the state's 15 electoral votes to the Republican presidential nominee.