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  • Cotham switched from Democrat to Republican, which gives the GOP a veto-proof majority in the state house.
  • Cotham had previously been endorsed by EMILY's List.
  • The move is already being flagged as a major political setback for Democratic Governor Roy Cooper and allies in their attempts to block conservative initiatives during the governor’s final two years in office.
  • Republicans were already in control of enough seats in the Senate to override vetoes in the scenario that all members are voting.
  • Cotham is a former teacher and assistant principal and served in the House for nearly 10 years through 2016 before returning in January.

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