While Republicans did not do as well as they wanted nationally, they did better than average in North Carolina, winning the U.S. Senate race and sweeping both state Supreme Court seats. For years, we’ve heard North Carolina is a purple state politically, meaning it’s even and a battleground.

But is that true? 

The dynamics and details beyond the headlines are fascinating, and we are talking with two of the premiere political scientists who are studying it and publishing articles on the issues. Our guests this week are Catawba College’s Dr. Michael Bitzer and Western Carolina University’s Dr. Chris Cooper.

About the Podcast

With the speed of the local news cycle, it's easy to forget that the politicians who represent us and the influencers in our communities are more than just a sound bite. North Carolina’s veteran reporter and anchor, Tim Boyum, loosens his signature bow tie to give listeners a glimpse behind the curtain, showing us who these power players really are and why they do what they do. Through Tim’s candid conversations on “Tying It Together,” his guests reveal their most fascinating life stories, passions and help all of us get a better grasp on the issues affecting our communities.

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