North Carolina has voted to re-elect Republican Roy Cooper, who has been in office for just over a year.
His re-election comes as Republicans look to expand their control of both chambers of the legislature and the governorship in 2018.
The state is set to go to the polls tomorrow to cast its votes, and the first count will show a Republican advantage of just over 10,000 votes.
Cooper has been polling well since his win over former Senator Kay Hagan in the June 2018 special election, but Democrats are hoping to take back the statehouse and governor’s office in a special election.
A recount of the election results would be a big blow to Republicans.
The party lost nearly 60% of the vote in 2018, with Democrats holding a larger share of the state’s popular vote than they did in 2016.
The result in North Carolina will be a crucial test of Trump’s presidency as he looks to expand his base of support and win back the House.
The race has also become a bellwether for Trump’s popularity with working class voters in the United States, a key voting bloc in the midterm elections.
While the economy has been hurting, Republicans have been focusing on policies that benefit the rich.
The state has been especially hit by the recession, with unemployment rising to 7.5%, the highest it has been since 2011.
The US is set for its first national election since the election of President Donald Trump in November, but voters have been left out of the political process and many states are under a state of emergency due to the threat of Ebola.
The 2018 midterm elections, which are seen as an opportunity to win back control of Congress, are also shaping up to be a turning point for Democrats.
North Carolina is set by the polls to be the only state where a Republican is seeking re-seat.
Democrats have a long history of challenging Republican incumbents in red states, including the seat vacated by retiring Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in 2018 after she lost the seat in the 2016 presidential election.
North Carolina has not had an elected Democratic governor since 1994, when Democrat Pat McCrory was elected in a landslide.
Cooper is expected to easily win the election, though the race will be closely watched in states across the country.
Republicans have had a solid record of holding statehouses in states with large minority populations, but they have been struggling to win elections in states like Texas and Florida.
Republican governors in those states, which voted for Trump in 2016, are expected to try to maintain control of the states in 2018 and beyond.
Republican officials have said that they are planning for a Trump presidency.