As the demographics of North Carolina and the South continue to change, the region is opening up as a battleground for this election cycle, up and down the ballot. As new people move to the region and younger generations come of age, the electorate has become less partisan, according to WFAE.
“Sometimes we get held back by leadership that’s still anchored in old ways,” Jaime Harrison said, a candidate for US Senate in South Carolina. But “all of these changes are starting to move the dynamics in so many communities… That’s not to say we’re forgetting our past. But it won’t be the thing that’s dragging us back.”
Democrats see 2020 as an election rife with opportunity. Competitive races in the region will determine control of the US Senate, the presidency and the control of various state legislatures. North Carolina is perhaps the most competitive of all, with one of the most-watched senate races, a virtual tie in presidential polls and the top-rated gubernatorial contest in the nation.
“North Carolina, Georgia, Texas – these are becoming real two-party states,” said Republican pollster Brent Buchanan.
Others suggested that the votes of Southerners shouldn’t be taken for granted, and it’s not a forgone conclusion for whom they will vote. “Those voters are still scared about the direction of their country,” Zac McCrary, a Democratic pollster, said.
Read the full story on the expanding battleground of the South from WFAE.