UPDATED: 2020 NC Senate Races to Watch

With the Republican supermajority broken in both chambers of the North Carolina Legislature following the 2018 election, 2020 will be a crucial election for both Democrats and Republicans. Republicans will be looking to hold onto their majorities, while Democrats will need to work hard to hold onto the gains they’ve made while expanding into new areas. In addition, despite their crucial role in post-census redistricting, legislative races will have to compete with Presidential, Gubernatorial, and US Senate races for attention.

Following is an updated look at the 14 Senate districts we think will be crucial to 2020 legislative elections. These districts were chosen based on analysis of 2016 election results and the newly released legislative maps, as well as campaign finance and other district data. 

Look for a similar report on NC House districts in the coming weeks. 

These Races to Watch are an initial look at the 2020 landscape. Redistricting litigation is ongoing at the state level, so this list is likely to change as the election approaches. 

2020 NC Senate Races to Watch

DIstrict 18: Sen. John Alexander announced he would not seek reelection. 
District 39: Sen. John Bryan was appointed to replace Dan Bishop who was elected to Congress, but Bryan does not currently live in SD39 and so cannot seek election to the district in 2020.
NOTE: 2020 RFNC Races to Watch do not constitute an endorsement by Real Facts NC.