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A political constant for years in Raleigh has been Democratic dominance of the state Senate.  Maybe not so much now.


Marc Basnight’s hold on the Senate has relied on a number of old Democratic bulls who kept their seats in tough districts.  Now, one of them has announced he won’t run again: John Kerr.  And there could be others: Charlie Albertson and R.C. Soles, to name two.


Basnight himself has had a tough year.  He lost his wife to cancer.  And fire, officially termed arson, burned down his restaurant.  Now he faces a tough year of recruiting – or retaining – candidates and raising money.


Some Democrats brag that the North Carolina Senate has been majority Democratic longer than any legislative body in America.  I don’t know if that’s right.  But Basnight’s team did survive the 1994 Republican tide.


Next year is supposed to be a Democratic year.  But Democrats are nervous that they could lose the Senate if they get a few bad breaks.  Surprisingly, they seem more worried about the Senate than the House.


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