This crucial southern battleground remains ‘deeply polarized and divided’

It was a political showdown that symbolizes North Carolina’s role as one of the premiere purple states.

The Republican super majorities in the state’s legislature earlier this month voted to override vetoes from two-term Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on a bunch of bills — including a trio of high-profile transgender youth measures. The bills — which are now law — ban gender-affirming care for minors, limit how gender identity can be taught in schools, and ban transgender athletes from competing in girls’ sports.

Democrats dominated federal elections in North Carolina from the late nineteenth century through the 1964 election. But

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