So what factors led to what all sides will agree was a historic school board election on Tuesday?
As noted in today's articles, it seems to depend on who you ask. Supporters of the current board blamed voter apathy while critics argued that change was on people's minds.
"Hunger for change was so great that no matter how much money the opposition was willing to spend, they weren’t going to stop that change from happening,” said victorious school board candidate Chris Malone in an article.
Joe Ciulla of the Wake Schools Community Alliance said voters had reached a "tipping point" following things such as frustration over the 24,654-student multi-year reassignment plan and the conversion of Leesville Road Middle to a year-round calendar.
But Calla Wright of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children and school board member Keith Sutton said in another article that the election results reflected a failure to mobilize voters in a low-turnout election.
Sutton said not enough people realized there was a school board election on Tuesday.
Not including provisional ballots, there were 31,139 votes cast on Tuesday, 11.6 percent of the registered voters in the four districts. Turnout was 10 percent in District 1, 9.3 percent in District 2, 12.8 percent in District 7 and 14.8 percent in District 9.
It looks like the Cary and Ralelgh races helped the turnout in Districts 7 and 9.
Overall, 5.5 percent of the county's registered voters may have changed the direction of the school board on Tuesday.
While the turnout wasn't great, it was a lot better than in 2005. That year, there were 20,412 votes.
In 2005 there were 3,033 votes in District 1 compared to 6,719 on Tuesday.
The vote total jumped from 3,753 in District 2 in 2005 to 6,576 in 2009.
In 2005, there were 6,788 votes in District 7 compared to 10,303 this year.
In 2009, there were 6,838 votes in District 9 compared to 7,541` on Tuesday.