Three state Senate races to fill vacancies in southeastern North Carolina could decide whether Democrats or Republicans win majority control of that body. The majority party will use the new Census data to redraw the boundary lines for Congressional and legislative districts for the next decade, with an eye to securing a partisan advantage in as many districts as possible. That’s how the current system legally works – the representatives pick their voters. The high stakes in this round of General Assembly elections means we will see several million-dollar contests, all paid for by private interests, plus record “independent” spending by outside groups. No matter how much is spent, winning still comes down to having the most votes among those cast – the voters pick their representatives, for better or worse.