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  • NORTH CAROLINA: GOP narrows voter registration gap; growth outpaces Dems by more than double

    NORTH CAROLINA: GOP narrows voter registration gap; growth outpaces Dems by more than double

    The Republican Party under President Donald Trump has narrowed the voter registration gap with Democrats in North Carolina, a prime 2020 battleground.

    H/T: Breitbart

    North Carolina, which has long been an outlier in the normally conservative south, was once reliably safe for Republicans at the presidential level. Between 1976 and 2016, Democrat White House hopefuls only carried the state twice. The GOP’s dominance remained intact even as Democrats continued to find success in state and local races in North Carolina, long after much of the southern United States became inhospitable to the party in the 1990s.

    Breitbart News reports:

    Wayne King, a partner at Fidelis Government Relations who until recently served as a top congressional aide to now-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, told Breitbart News that in as competitive of a state as North Carolina, elections were decided, in part, on turnout.

    “I think it’s going to be very difficult for [Democrats] to increase voter turnout. They were at an all-time high in 2016 in the suburbs,” he said. “Then you have urban areas that also were an all-time high in 2016, so they really have nowhere to go, in my opinion. Where do they get their voters from this time?”

    King added Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign, seemed to be coming to the same conclusion, as evidenced by recent efforts to engage rural voters across the state.

    “You’ve got Dr. Jill Biden, the former vice president’s wife, coming to North Carolina, going into rural communities,” King said. “They obviously are trying to make a play for that to expand their electorate, but they’re going to have to up their game. Rural voters are Trump voters.”

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