Amid the national gains posted by the Democratic Party, North Carolina stood out for its Republican Party, which swept to control of both the legislative and executive branches for the first time since the 19th century. That group, led by Governor-elect Pat McCrory, widened its margins in both chambers of the General Assembly to take a decisive hold on the reins of government.
North Carolina voters grew justifiably tired of the corruption and ineptitude of Democratic leaders, which stand as a looming threat for the GOP as it assumes full control in Raleigh. The problems facing this state are too great to avoid the tough decisions and there will be no patience for the type of scandal, secrecy and iron-fisted rule that previous regimes felt was their entitlement.
Four years ago, Beverly Perdue rode the coattails of President Barack Obama to a slim victory over former Charlotte Mayor McCrory. The ambitious and charismatic Republican seemingly never left the campaign trail, using his loss as a motivation to remain engaged in public issues and traveling across the state to build an impressive and successful organization.
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