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Yesterday was primary day in North Carolina. There were 1,021,413 ballots cast out of 6,516,126 voters. Some folks in the Twitter #ncpol hashtag found the number of voters, specifically the number of women to men ratio of voters, confusing.
— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) May 7, 2014
Um, ladies? That’s the static demographic at the bottom of the News and Observer’s election coverage page…
The results are still listed as ‘unofficial’ on the NC State Board of Elections site, but here is a quick run down of some of the more prominent races we’ve followed here on this blog.
- Tillis wins the Republican nomination with 222,238 votes (45.69 %)
- Hagan wins the Democrat nomination with 369,331 votes (77.20 %)
Greg Brannon had a relatively strong showing in second with 132,013 votes (27.14%) and Mark Harris came in third with 85,393 (17.56%). Hagan’s primary opponents, Stewart and Reeves, had 66,264 (13.85%) and 42,835 (8.95%) respectively. Interesting to note, going by the News and Observer by county view, that Brannon won in Liberal Asheville.
For fun, if this were November and assuming all the Republican votes and all the Democrat votes went into Tillis and Hagan’s piles, Hagan would have 478,430 votes and Tillis would have 486,411. Tillis would have won. Of course, this is the primary where turn out is historically weak. November will come soon enough.
NC-02 (Ellmers Seat):
- Ellmers retained her nomination for Republicans with 21,358 votes (58.76 %)
- The Democrat challenger still hasn’t been confirmed as of the publishing of this article. Clay Aiken (yes, that Clay Aiken) leads with 11,634 votes (40.83 %) and Keith Crisco has 11,265 votes (39.54 %).
Challenger to Ellmers, Frank Roche, garnered 14,989 votes (41.24%). Of note for the Democrat side, the only place Aiken won decisively was in Wake County.
Supreme Court Associate Justice (Hudson):
- Justice Hudson received 379,176 votes (42.54 %)
- Judge Levinson received 326,280 votes (36.61 %)
- Jeanette Doran received 185,882 votes (20.85 %)
Since this was a non-partisan primary to narrow the ballot to two candidates, Levinson will face Hudson in November. In the by county look at this race, it was a hodgepodge. Prior to the race, Hudson had little to no name recognition. That changed with heavy-handed attack ads attempting to tie her to being soft on pedophiles. It would appear that attack has backfired and instead, given Hudson a boost.
If this had been a two-way race and yesterday’s primary was the general election with Levinson and Doran’s votes combined for 512,162 votes under one candidate, Hudson with her 379,176 votes would be out. Again, this was a primary not the real deal. We’ll see what November brings.
District Attorney – District 10:
- Jeff Cruden with 12,631 votes (33.68 %)
- John Bryant with 12,246 votes (32.66 %)
- Jefferson Griffin with 8,526 votes (22.74%)
- Terry Swaim with 4,098 votes (10.93%)
Since no candidate broke the 40% threshold, there will be a run-off between Bryant and Cruden.
NC House District 82:
- Rep. Larry Pittman with 3,072 votes (62.26%)
- Leigh Brown with 1,862 votes (37.74%)
Looks like Brown getting her Democrat friends to switch parties to tip the primary didn’t work for her, but it worked for the Cabarrus County Commissioner race.
Carolina Journal has a pretty good run down of some of the other races, including an extensive list of the NC General Assembly races. Their coverage includes noting there will be a run-off between Phil Berger, Jr. and Mark Walker for NC House 10. The coverage there also include the races where no opposition challenger was put into play.