North Carolina Democrats seem to have two strong challengers in the 2016 elections for governor and US Senator.
Former state legislator Deborah Ross from Wake County is challenging incumbent Republican Richard Burr for the U.S. Senate. Burr has won two previous campaigns, in 2004 (when George W. Bush was at the top of the ticket) and 2010, a Republican year. Ross could pull the kind of upset in 2016 that Kay Hagan pulled against Elizabeth Dole in 2008.
Both of these campaigns, if they are successful, will depend on high Democratic turnout of the kind that won Democrats the governorship, a US Senate seat and Barack Obama narrowly won the state in 2008.