N. Carolina Democrats aim to narrow GOP legislative margin

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Even if voters decide to replace Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in November, North Carolina’s conservative political tilt wouldn’t end because the legislature is expected to remain in GOP hands.

So Democrats are working to gain enough General Assembly seats to block the Republicans’ veto-proof majorities.

That would allow Roy Cooper, the attorney general seeking to unseat McCrory, to stop legislation he and fellow Democrats find objectionable and give them bargaining power if he’s elected.

Democrats would have to win four more seats overall in the House or five seats in the Senate. They are focusing on swing districts around Raleigh and Charlotte.

GOP House Majority Leader John Bell says Republicans can preserve the majority in his chamber by highlighting for voters policies they say have improved the state economically.