Twitter isn’t real life. But in the world of politics, it may as well be.

North Carolina has a robust contingent of folks who pull back the curtain on state politics 280 characters at a time and give an in-the-moment perspective you can’t get anywhere else.

If you’re looking to wade into the North Carolina political Twitter world — also known as #ncpol — here are some must-follow accounts.

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Gerry Cohen

The former special counsel to the General Assembly is still applying his legal mind to the goings-on in Raleigh, and letting us all in on the secrets. He’s the pre-eminent historian of North Carolina politics and what we consider the top #ncpol Twitter account out there.

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Brent Woodcox

It’s fitting that next on our list comes the current special counsel to the General Assembly. The Raleigh attorney tweets from a reasoned Republican point of view and has his finger on the pulse of the state.

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Jonathan Kappler

The executive director of the NC FreeEnterprise Foundation is a fount of knowledge and regularly tweets out updates on fundraising and other nonpartisan research. His morning live videos are a must-watch.

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Jamal Little

The traveling press secretary for Gov. Roy Cooper gives a candid behind-the-scenes look at the governor’s day-to-day.

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NCSBE

Usually, institutional accounts are pretty dry. But the N.C. Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement is super useful and the first place to visit for up-to-the-minute resources.

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Jim Blaine

North Carolina’s “51st senator” takes followers on an often-humorous journey through the halls of power.

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Tricia Cotham

The former lawmaker turned government-affairs expert is as plugged in as it gets.

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Rep. Tim Moore

Want the view from the top? The House speaker is a great source for the views of General Assembly leadership.

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Sen. Joel Ford

The outgoing state senator from Charlotte has never been afraid to mix it up on Twitter and stick it to both sides of the aisle. Here’s hoping he keeps that up.

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A.P. Dillon

She’s a prolific conservative writer not afraid to throw elbows.

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Dallas Woodhouse

The executive director of the N.C. Republican Party often makes news directly on Twitter. He’s both an informative and entertaining follow.

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Kristopher Nordstrom

Kris is an education policy analyst for the N.C. Justice Center, and as such has a clear point of view. But he’s one of the closest eyes on the state’s public schools out there, and whip-smart. If you want to get nerdy about ed policy, he’s your guy.

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Nathan Babcock

The Parker Poe lobbyist is a master at the Twitter craft.

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Sen. Jeff Jackson

The Charlotte Democrat understands social media better than any other N.C. politician and has become the de facto leader of his party.

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Dan Way

The Carolina Journal associate editor is a reliable live-tweeter of noteworthy events.

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Michael Bitzer

The political science professor is a data whiz and is constantly providing useful nuggets of info.

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Alex Miller

The government affairs pro tells it like it is.

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The media

We’ll finish off with the most prolific tweeters in #ncpol, our press contingent. They work hard to keep us all better informed.

People:

Institutions: N.C. Insider, Under the Dome, WRAL Government Coverage

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