A GUIDE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RACES: NORTH CAROLINA

NORTH CAROLINA

Population (1994): 7,070,000 (up 6.6% from 1990); 2.7% of U.S. total

Voting-age pop.: 5,364,000; 1994 turnout, 28%

Median age: 33.1 years

Median household income: $30,114 ($2,150 below U.S. median)

Unemployment: 4.4% (1.2% below U.S. average, March 1996)

Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 43% Bush (R): 43% Perot (I): 14%

Congressional delegation: Four Democrats, 10 Republicans

North Carolina remains a symbol of the "new South," with good economic growth and low unemployment. Population influx in the '80s gave the state its first new House seat in 60 years, but racial gerrymandering--and some baiting--also make the state a political hotbed. This...

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