Chamber Makeup State Senate 21 Democrats 29 Republicans State House 55 Democrats 65 Republicans Opportunity Assessment The tides have been turning in North Carolina. In 2016, Democrat Roy Cooper was the only Democrat to flip a governorship in a state that Trump won, and in 2018, North Carolinians came out in record numbers to reject the legislature’s extremism and break Republican supermajorities. The state is now in a perfect position to ride favorable electoral trends to the best possible outcome in both chambers. The Stakes For six years, the majority in North Carolina ran unobstructed in implementing greatest hits of the corporatist, far right-wing playbook, sharpening the state’s partisan divide and hurting its citizens. These significant legislative gains of 2018 broke Republican supermajorities, but failed to break their penchant for political machinations and gerrymandering to keep their power intact. Passed the most comprehensive voter suppression package in the country and one of the most extreme gerrymanders.Passed the notorious H.B. 2 “bathroom bill”—that also prevents anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ North Carolinians.Passed a regressive tax code that hurts poor families and helps rich business owners and corporations—while refusing to expand Medicaid to help 500,000 people access health insurance.Blocked all efforts to create an independent redistricting commission, implement a livable wage, and reduce mass incarceration. 2020 Political Landscape In 2020:The entire House and Senate are up for election.A state court has imposed new, fairer districts in many areas across North Carolina. In the House, there are 5 Republican-held seats that have been carried by statewide Democrats in this decade and six more where they came close, many in areas that are trending Democratic.Popular Democratic Governor Roy Cooper is running for re-election and will be working to ensure he finally has a legislature able to partner with him to improve lives.In 2018:Even under the current maps, Democrats broke a Republican supermajority and came close to flipping the State House, netting 10 seats and narrowing the Republican majority to 65-55. And that was without a major statewide race driving turnout.Future Now Fund endorsed all 12 Democrats who flipped Republican-held House seats in addition to the next three closest finishers.Democrats made big gains in the State Senate too, narrowing the GOP margin to 29-21 and breaking the supermajority in that chamber as well.