HAWAII — A year ago, a white man was elected governor of North Dakota.
His opponent, a black woman, is now a state senator.
North Carolina has become the first in the nation to allow its citizens to choose their party’s presidential nominee by a popular vote.
It also has the highest number of eligible voters in the U.S. at more than one million.
But even though a majority of North Carolinians cast their ballots for a Republican candidate, it was a very narrow margin.
So what happened?
In an unprecedented feat of democracy, North Carolina became the first state to hold a general election on the weekend, instead of the usual Tuesday, Dec. 15.
The results of the special election, which is now officially nonpartisan, will decide whether Democratic Gov.
Kay Hagan will become the country’s first female president.
“It’s pretty unusual to have an election held on the weekends,” said Nate Hirschfeld, an election law professor at the University of North Florida.
“The North Carolina legislature has made the law very clear about not allowing any kind of partisan primary election in the state.
The legislature is very clear that you have to have a nonpartisan primary election.”
On Dec. 8, 2016, a crowd of thousands of people lined up outside a downtown Raleigh church to witness the election results.
They were cheering and clapping when a candidate emerged to announce the results, but no one asked the candidates’ name.
Hagan, a Republican, had a commanding lead, and she won with 53 percent of the vote.
The election results are a stark reminder of how close the race is, even though it took place in the midst of a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that sparked a nationwide debate about race and violence.
The vote was so close that even before Hagan was sworn in, Republican state Sen. David Holtzman, a former state attorney general, said he was “cautiously optimistic” that she would win.
“I was very, very, cautiously optimistic,” he told ABC News.
“You have to remember that the election was so closely contested, and there were only a handful of votes left.
So I’m confident that she will be the next president.”
Democrats in North Carolina have long pushed for a “blue wave” of voters, especially black voters, who have been the biggest voters for Democrats in recent decades.
But Holtzman was the first to acknowledge the potential problem with this election.
He said it was his hope that the party would take some action to reduce the margin of error, such as encouraging more Democrats to show up at the polls.
He also pointed to the fact that Democrats have a relatively small advantage among black voters in North Dakota, which has the largest population of black residents in the country.
“If we’re going to have that sort of a blue wave that we’re talking about here, we need to be able to win more of those voters,” Holtzman said.
“And I don’t think we’re at that point yet.
But we need more Democrats coming in and showing up in the vote, and not just because they’re the most likely to vote.”
North Carolina Democrats plan to launch a statewide television ad campaign this weekend to highlight Hagan’s win.
The ads will focus on Hagan supporting her husband, Republican Gov.
Dennis Daugaard, who is the governor of the state’s largest city, Fargo.
The Democratic Party of North, a coalition of progressive groups, said the ad will highlight the governor’s role in the deadly protests that erupted in the city last year after the death of a black man in police custody.
“In light of the tragedy in Charlottesville and the president’s response to the events, it is imperative that we continue to hold our leaders accountable,” said North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Mary Anne Tobin.
“As our state’s first lady, Senator Holtzman has been at the forefront of efforts to hold those responsible for the actions of white supremacists accountable.
But it’s equally important that we take action to prevent another tragedy like the one that occurred in Charlottesville.
“They don’t feel like they can get to the polls.” “
A lot of people don’t have access to the ballot box, and they feel disenfranchised,” said Kim Hill, the North Carolina state director for the American Civil Liberties Union.
“They don’t feel like they can get to the polls.”
Democrats plan a major push for an open primary election next year, a move that could help them take back control of the legislature.
They’re also targeting voters with early ballots in a series of phone calls this weekend.
North Dakota has also taken a big step in the right direction, with Democratic lawmakers in the legislature voting to make early voting a free-