The 5 Most Flippable House Districts In and Around the Triangle

Live in the Triangle? Want to see a more balanced NCGA? Want to restore the governor’s veto power? Here’s where you should be working and who you should be working for as the November election approaches! We need volunteers to get out, educate fellow North Carolinians, and urge them to VOTE!


The top NC House targets in and around the Triangle are: NC-H35, NC-H36, and NC-H37, all in Wake County; NC-H51 in Lee/Harnett counties; and NC-H63 in Alamance County. These all made our list of the 18 Most Flippable NC House Districts in 2018. (How did we determine what’s flippable? Here’s the background.)

Remember, our best opportunity to break the supermajority and restore the governor's veto power is to focus on the NC House, where Democrats need a net gain of 4 seats to break the supermajority and 15 seats to pull even. Just think of it – we can gain 4 seats within the 919 area code!

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The three Wake County House Districts have a remarkably similar profile. All lie in rapidly growing suburban parts of Wake counties; all have been trending more Democratic over recent elections; and Roy Cooper lost by the slimmest of margins in these (newly-drawn) districts in 2016. With our strong Democratic candidates, these districts have an excellent chance of changing hands in 2018 and bringing an end to the GOP supermajority in the NCGA.

NC-H51 in the Sanford area was recently represented by a Democrat. Despite significantly over-performing Roy Cooper and Hillary Clinton, Democrat Brad Salmon lost his seat in the NC House to John Sauls in 2016. The good news is that NC-H51 was re-drawn to be 8 points more favorable for the Dems under the new maps, creating an excellent opportunity to reclaim this seat in 2018.

Winning starts by showing up. Roy Cooper lost NC-H63 in Burlington/Efland by about four points in 2016 and yet, amazingly, Democrats didn’t field a candidate for the NC House here. Not the case this year! Keep reading to learn about the amazing Democratic candidate on the ballot in this district.