States & Candidates

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North Carolina 2020

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.

Meet the candidates

  • Kandie Smith

    Kandie is the former Mayor Pro Tem of Greenville who has worked as a mental health professional and business consultant. Since 2018, serving in Raleigh, Kandie has prioritized children and fought to improve the health care system.

  • Brian Farkas

    Growing up in Pitt County showed Brian the importance of strong communities. Now, he works to help local community colleges and towns craft master plans to guide their long-term goals.

  • James Gailliard

    James works as senior pastor and has expanded his church to serve thousands of families. The leadership he learned from his 20 years as a pastor served him well in his first term in office as he worked for unity and an end to the gridlock in Raleigh, which he will continue to do going forward.

  • Terence Everitt

    An attorney who works with small businesses and helps them expand, since joining the Assembly in 2018 Terrence has been fighting to expand access to quality healthcare.

  • Julie von Haefen

    Julie worked as an attorney for ten years before becoming an advocate for children in the court system, and as a PTA leader at the school, county, and state levels. In 2018, Julie took her passion for improving public schools to the State House.

  • Ashton Clemmons

    Ashton is a former teacher, school principal, and assistant superintendent. Since 2018, she has fought for public schools and defended voting rights.

  • Ricky Hurtado

    Ricky is the proud product of the North Carolina public school system. The son of immigrants, he is a community leader who has fought for quality public education and college opportunity.

  • Rachel Hunt

    An advocate for children, Rachel has spent her time in office pushing for laws that improve schools and address high tuition costs and student loans.

  • Brandon Lofton

    Raised by a public school teacher and a marine, the value of community service was instilled in Brandon early. He is an attorney and community leader who took his fight for children’s rights, equality, and the homeless to the State Capitol in 2018.

  • Wesley Harris

    Wesley is a UNC Charlotte professor and economist. He previously co-founded a nonprofit that focuses on helping community-based small businesses and nonprofits succeed. Since entering office in 2018, Wesley has fought for fairer elections.

  • Sarah Crawford

    The daughter of a public school teacher, Sarah is a nonprofit leader who ran to advance strong public education and quality, affordable healthcare for all North Carolinians.

  • DeAndrea Salvador

    A founder of a nonprofit and clean air advocate, DeAndrea ran to further good jobs, sustainable, innovative infrastructure, and quality education in North Carolina.