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  •  I think that if I didn't live in NC (6+ / 0-)

    I'd feel a lot better about the election results.  It feels like my home state is doomed and it may be time to give up and move to a cold place.

    How can Republicans dominate everything in state while the electorate is virtually split?  Where is the justice?  

    •  I have a friend in Durham (3+ / 0-)
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      and he likewise seems very bummed.  Seems NC Dems had really hitched their hearts to the governor's race.

      It's a little reminiscent of Prop 8 in 08 -- in Texas we were all woohoo! That's it! Obama wins!

      ...but then I went, "wait guys, look... CA Prop 8 passed."

      I did the same thing this time.  "We're doing great, but NC is gone for Romney... and also, the governor went to a Repug."

      I'd move to Fairfax County VA :)

      •  Change is slow but real (9+ / 0-)

        Several demographic changes going on in NC.

        One generation kept on voting Democratic at the state level "because Grandpa was a Democrat", despite hearing all the dog whistles from the Repubs. Now they have apparently finally tipped into voting Repub up and down the ticket.

        But the oldest and most racist of that segment is dying off, inexorably. Consult the Social Security actuarial tables to see how fast they start to drop as the years go by.

        Figure that schools were finally desegregated only by 1970. White Southerners who started first grade in racially mixed classrooms are just about 48 years old today. Their racial experience and attitudes are different from those voters over 65. But it will take a few more elections before most of the older haters shuffle off.

        Meanwhile many blacks are retiring from jobs in the north and moving back to their small town Southern roots where the lower cost-of-living makes the retirement checks stretch farther.

        Add in the white Yankees moving into the state, and some legal-assimilated-and-voting immigrants from Asia as well as Latin America, and you've got a slow but very real change in the electorate.

        Don't give up.

    •  me too oldnorth state (2+ / 0-)
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      In Greensboro, moved from Ohio 6 years ago. First the stupid marriage amendment and now the republican sweep, feels like I'm living in South Carolina instead of North. It is depressing, even though my county is one of the most liberal in the state.

      Divide and rule,the politician cries,unite and lead is the watchword of the wise. Goethe

      by our better angels on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 06:43:58 AM PST

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    •  As thrilled as I am for Obama and the Senate wins (2+ / 0-)
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      I am seriously bummed about results in my home state.

      Dems lost 1 state Senate seat and as many as 7 in the House, giving Republicans a veto-proof majority in both houses - as if McCrory was ever going to stand up to them anyway.

      Voters may have thought McCrory was a moderate based on his time as Charlotte's mayor, bu he could switch to the Democrats and it wouldn't matter. The crazies running the NC General Assembly can do anything they want now.

      South Carolina, here we come.

      Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

      by bear83 on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:21:24 AM PST

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    •  I wouldn't worry about North Carolina. (4+ / 0-)

      It sucks when your side loses and sucks more when the consequences are Republican rule, but your state is a long-term path to become fairly blue. It won't always be that way, but you've got a lot to work with. I'd be much more concerned if you lived in Arkansas.

      "The election of Mitt Romney and a supporting congress this November would be a...disaster for America. Think of the trainwreck that has been the Conservative government in Britain since 2010. And square it."--Brad DeLong

      by bjssp on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 08:00:18 AM PST

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    •  Some cold states are in that pickle too (0+ / 0-)

      Such as my own. I feel decent because I really like Baldwin and am glad that Wisconsin is still D+2 even with Paul Ryan (it might even average to a D+3 CPVI depending on what's left in WA and OR). Still, the legislative results sucked here. The only question now is how much Walker thinks he can get away with and survive until 2016. He's pretty clearly got his eyes on the White House, especially now that Christie is basically out of the running.

      Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02. "You're damn right we're making a difference!" - Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison)

      by fearlessfred14 on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:27:05 AM PST

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