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The NCGOP is excited to celebrate 150 years of the Republican Party in North Carolina at our biennial Hall of Fame Banquet this November. Please join us on November 14th at the Embassy Suites in Cary, NC. For more information visit our website.
"The Republican Party of North Carolina has been a large part of my life for many years," said Chairman Robin Hayes. I look forward to honoring the activists that have helped us keep the Republican Party a strong force in North Carolina. Their persistence and determination makes us grateful for the freedoms we have today, and gives us a reason to work for tomorrow. One hundred and fifty years is a milestone that every Republican in North Carolina should celebrate."
The North Carolina Republican Party was founded during the state’s first interracial gathering, which took place on March 17, 1867, in Raleigh’s Capitol building. The group united among common beliefs of limited government, equal representation, and inclusivity. The Party was founded in preparation of the following year’s state convention, which was the birthplace of the North Carolina Constitution. In a historic measure, 19 African Americans were delegates to the convention out of the 107 Republican delegation. This was later cited as one of the important steps that led to the creation of the first Black Caucus.
Republicans in North Carolina struggled on-and-off for the next 100 years amid terrible intimidation, white supremacy and Jim Crow tactics from Democrats. Beginning in the early 1970’s Republicans began to become competitive in statewide races.
Now in its 150th year, Republicans have dominated that last four general elections.
The Republican nominee for president has won North Carolina 9 of the last 10 times dating back to 1980. Currently, both of North Carolina’s U.S. senators are Republicans, as are 10 of North Carolina’s 13 members of the U.S. House. In 2016, for the first time ever, Republicans gained control of the Council of State winning the statewide offices of Lt. Governor, Treasurer, Agriculture, Insurance, Labor Commissioners, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Republicans also have supermajorities in both the State House and State Senate. In 2012 Republicans seized control of a majority of the State's County Commissions. Currently Republican County Commissioners control 55 of North Carolina’s County Commissions.
**Historical information (in part) from Campbell University Professor Ronnie W. Faulkner's Brief History of the North Carolina Republican Party. Click HERE to read the full report.