There are four House races in North Carolina that Democrats held, but Republicans had reasonable hopes to take over. Former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler will win in a district representing the Western mountains; Larry Kissell will hang on in a district that runs from Charlotte to Fayetteville (Fort Bragg); Mike McIntyre is running ahead of Iraq War vet Ilario Pantano; and Bob "Who Are You?" Etheridge is maintaining a narrow lead over Renee Ellmers.
So the Republican takeover of the House probably will not be helped by the Tar Heel State.
Update 10:42: Bizarro news from my former John Locke Foundation colleague Rick Henderson, via Facebook:
The GOP will take charge of the North Carolina Senate for the first time since 1898 and will win the state House. And Republican Richard Burr obliterated Elaine Marshall in the US Senate race. Yet every incumbent U.S. House Democrat -- 8 of the 13 in the delegation -- won re-election. (Although the Etheridge-Ellmers race is still not over yet, it appears).
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