By all accounts, it appears that North Carolina residents look beyond their party identification in terms of voting.
Assuming the governor’s race goes Democratic – and by all accounts this appears to be so – then North Carolina voted for both Republicans and a Democrat to higher office. On a national level, the Tar Heel state voted for Trump with 50.5 percent believing he was the better choice to lead the nation as compared to Clinton’s 46.7 percent.
Senator Richard Burr was able to pull off a win as well. It was similar to the overall vote for president. Burr garnered 51.1 percent to Ross’s 45.3 percent. This is almost parallel to how the voters went for Trump and Clinton.
The governor’s race is where it gets interesting however. The voters decided to switch preferences and is currently giving Democrat Roy Cooper the nod for the governorship. What made voters decide to split ticket is unclear, but some have suggested that the reason could be HB 2 that has caused quite a stir this year. In truth, we don’t know yet. And until one of the candidates concede, North Carolina still won’t know who their next governor will be.
Split ticket voting is becoming a rarer phenomenon these days as partisanship and party ID increases nationwide. It is refreshing to see that hasn’t yet fallen completely by the way-side.