A number of losing Republican candidates in last week's election are blaming their defeats on Democrats who voted a straight ticket ballot.
The reality is that Republican voters chose a straight ticket in almost the same proportion as Democratic voters.
There are 4,870,261 voters in North Carolina registered with one of the two major political parties. Of those 2,867,453 are registered Democrats, or 58.9%
In last week's election 2,128,983 voters cast a straight ticket either for the Democrats or Republicans (Libertarians are excluded from this analysis.) Of the major party straight ticket voters 1,264,076 were Democrats, or 59.4%.
So Democrats make up 58.9% of major party registrants and made up 59.4% of major party straight ticket voters. That paltry disparity is a lacking excuse for why Republicans lost major offices, particularly given that candidates in low information races like Steve Troxler and Cherie Berry were able to weather the tide.