Republican party takes control over NC General Assembly

Updated: Nov. 3, 2010 at 12:35 AM EDT
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RALEIGH, NC (WECT/AP) – For the first time in more than a century, the Republican party has seized control over the North Carolina General Assembly.

Unofficial results Tuesday show GOP candidates winning at least 27 seats in the Senate and 61 in the House, ensuring they will have more seats than the Democrats.

The last time the GOP had a majority in the state Senate was in 1989 when their Fusion coalition with farmers was defeated.  They controlled the state House as recently as 12 years ago.

The flip likely means Senate leader Marc Basnight and House Speaker Joe Hackney won't be banging the gavels in their chambers in January. Basnight has led the Senate for a record 18 years.

There are reports a Republican-controlled legislature would set priorities to live within a smaller budget, as the state faces an estimated $3 billion deficit in the coming year.

Copyright 2010 WECT. All rights reserved. AP contributed to this report.