Without enough weight from their own party - or enough support from Democrats - Republicans still managed to override Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of the controversial fracking bill last night.
But Carney knew her fate had been sealed seconds after pressing the button. Because hers was the deciding vote, procedure dictates that she couldn't challenge it.
So with just one "vote," Republicans overrode the veto.
Carney sounds tired when she answers the phone on Tuesday afternoon.
"I've been better," she says to a standard greeting.
"Environemtnalists [and] lobbyists knew - the community knew - that I wasn't a vote they had to worry about, she said. "I was even lobbying a colleague to support the override."
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a process that injects water and chemicals into the ground to release gas. Some states use it relatively easily, while others experience earthquakes and groundwater contamination from the fracking liquid. It's a relatively new concept in North Carolina that hasn't been researched thoroughly. No one's really sure how it will affect our land or our water.
Carney is hopeful she can redeem herself next session by working toward adding more precautionary measures to the bill. While she avoided discussing how Tillis' move will affect polarization in the General Assembly, she did, perhaps inadvertently, point out why the rest of us are so mad.
"It was more about clenching the win than [fairness] and openness."