A major political shift has occurred in North Carolina, as Democrat state representative Tricia Cotham announced she is switching parties and joining the Republican party. This move gives the GOP a super-majority in the chamber, and bypassing Democrat Governor Roy Cooper’s veto power.
Like thousands of others, Rep. @TriciaCotham is done with the Democratic Party:
"If you don't do exactly what the Democrats want you to do, they will try to bully you. They will try to cast you aside." pic.twitter.com/aheJEhFaZH
— GOP (@GOP) April 5, 2023
With the ability to enact their agenda without further roadblocks, Republicans are poised to make major changes in a state that has become contentious in recent election cycles. In 2022, the GOP barely prevailed at the senatorial level, but they cleaned house regarding the state’s supreme court, which allows them to draw new districts in the future.
Cotham’s party switch was prompted by the GOP’s new power in the state, and it will undoubtedly have major implications for North Carolina’s political landscape. Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.