Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto message for the state budget was delivered to the Republican controlled state House during Monday night's session. The issue was added to Wednesday's calendar for a possible override vote.
That gives two days for Perdue and other Democrats to try to flip two of the five members of their party who voted in the House for the GOP-authored budget. Republican leaders remained confident Monday they have the votes needed to override Perdue's veto.
Whether it's wishful thinking or political guile, progressives have focused in on Rep. Bill Owens of Elizabeth City and Rep. Tim Spear of Creswell as the most likely of the five Democratic defectors to return to the fold, depriving Republican leaders of the votes needed to override Perdue's veto in the House.
In the Senate, the GOP has enough members to override without relying on any Democrats.