North Carolina Democrats hope their numbers in the General Assembly will benefit from the excitement surrounding Barack Obama's presidential candidacy.
Money also should help: Legislative Democrats have raised more than $7.6 million compared to Republicans' $2.1 million
But Republicans are hoping for strong turnout during Tuesday's election as they look to expand in the Senate, where at least four Democratic incumbents face difficult re-election bids. Democrats hold a 31-19 majority in the chamber.
In the House, Republicans are working to prevent Democrats from expanding their 68-52 majority to a veto-proof 72 seats.
All 170 seats in General Assembly are up for election. Major party candidates in several dozen districts are running either unopposed or against a third-party candidate.