Veto overrides by GOP mark Democratic governor's 1st year

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper narrowly defeated Republican incumbent Pat McCrory last year but hasn't had many political victories since because there are still veto-proof GOP majorities in the Legislature.

Ten of the 13 vetoes Cooper has issued since taking office in January have been overridden or circumvented. The Legislature scheduled sessions late Monday to consider whether to issue another veto override of a bill that would cancel 2018 primary elections for court seats and delay candidate filing for months.

Cooper says the bill is part of a Republican scheme to soon change the way all judges are elected. GOP leaders are considering new judicial election districts and whether to alter judicial selection in the long term.

Cooper has earned some victories, including a partial repeal of the state's "bathroom bill."

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