The Green Papers: North Carolina 2008 General Election
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary: Tuesday 6 May 2008
Runoff - Commissioner of Labor (D): Tuesday 24 June 2008
General Election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Electoral Votes:15(2.79% of 538)
Governor:1 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
2002-2010 Representatives:13(2.99% of 435)
2000 Census:8,067,673 (2.86% of 281,998,273)
Estimated Voting age population (November 2000):5,797,000
Registered Voters (November 2000):5,122,123
Capital:Raleigh
Tuesday 6 May 2008 polling hours 6:30a EDT (1030 UTC) to 8:30p EDT (0030 UTC). NORTH CAROLINA allows its County Boards of Elections to decide whether to keep polls open until 8:30 p.m. EDT but, outside of metropolitan areas, this local option is not often utilized and so 7:30 p.m. EDT is the networks' earliest time of projection beacuse the vast majority of that state's polls will have closed by that hour.
Tuesday 24 June 2008 polling hours 6:30a EDT (1030 UTC) to 8:30p EDT (0030 UTC). NORTH CAROLINA allows its County Boards of Elections to decide whether to keep polls open until 8:30 p.m. EDT but, outside of metropolitan areas, this local option is not often utilized and so 7:30 p.m. EDT is the networks' earliest time of projection beacuse the vast majority of that state's polls will have closed by that hour.
Tuesday 4 November 2008 polling hours 6:30a EST (1130 UTC) to 8:30p EST (0130 UTC). NORTH CAROLINA allows its County Boards of Elections to decide whether to keep polls open until 8:30 p.m. EST but, outside of metropolitan areas, this local option is not often utilized and so 7:30 p.m. EST is the networks' earliest time of projection beacuse the vast majority of that state's polls will have closed by that hour.
 

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North Carolina State and Local Government

North Carolina 2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats, Republicans, Third Parties


14 January 2009: North Carolina State Board of Elections - OFFICIAL RESULTS and Voter Totals for Qualified Write-in Candidates


16 September 2008: Synchronized with North Carolina State Board of Elections - General Election - Nov. 4


If no candidate receives 40% of the vote in the 6 May Primary, the two leading candidates will proceed to a Tuesday 24 June 2008 run off.

NORTH CAROLINA 6 May 2008 Primary Returns from an official source

 
           

President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 15 (Winner-take-all), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2008
  Elected Democratic 2,142,651 49.70% Senator Barack Hussein Obama
(15 Electoral Votes)
Vice President: Senator Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.

FEC P80003338: $778,642,047
  Candidate Republican 2,128,474 49.38% Senator John Sidney McCain, III
Vice President: Governor Sarah H. Palin

FEC P80002801: $399,826,076
  Candidate Libertarian 25,722 0.60% former Congressman Bob Barr
For Vice President: Wayne Root

FEC P80005580: $1,405,899
  Candidate Scattering 12,298 0.29% WRITE-IN Misc.
  Candidate Write-in 1,448 0.03% Ralph Nader
Vice President: Matt Gonzalez

FEC P20000527: $4,520,160
  Candidate Write-in; (Green) 158 0.00% former Congressman Cynthia A. McKinney
Vice President: Rosa A. Clemente

FEC P80004930: $240,360
  Candidate Write-in; (Socialist Party USA) 38 0.00% Brian Patrick Moore
Vice President: Stewart Alexander

FEC P80005275: $9,516
Total 4,310,789 100.00%  

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 110th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2
Seat up for election
Republican Senator Elizabeth H. Dole
First elected: 2002
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Leans Democratic - WATCH - Democratic state Senator Kay R. Hagan favored over Republican Senator Elizabeth H. Dole
  Elected Democratic 2,249,311 52.65% state Senator Kay R. Hagan
Withdrew 8 October 2007 but re-entered 30 October 2007

FEC S8NC00239: $8,977,412
  Candidate Republican 1,887,510 44.18% Senator Elizabeth H. Dole
FEC S2NC00083: $17,268,326
  Candidate Libertarian; (Boston Tea) 133,430 3.12% Christopher Cole
FEC S8NC00296: Financial report not available
  Candidate Scattering 1,655 0.04% WRITE-IN Misc.
  Candidate Write-in 64 0.00% Walker Fry Rucker
Total 4,271,970 100.00%  

Class 3 Republican Senator Richard M. Burr
First elected: 2004.
(also served in U.S. House- first elected: 1994; re-elected: 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002.)
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

Chair up for election
Open
Democratic Governor Mike Easley
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2004
Chair up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
 Polls: Leans Democratic - Democratic Lieutenant Governor Beverly Eaves "Bev" Perdue
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 2,146,189 50.27% Lieutenant Governor Beverly Eaves "Bev" Perdue
  Candidate Republican 2,001,168 46.88% Charlotte Mayor Patrick McCrory
  Candidate Libertarian 121,584 2.85% Michael Munger
Total 4,268,941 100.00%  

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election
Open
Democratic Lieutenant Governor Beverly Eaves "Bev" Perdue
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Open Seat - Candidate for Governor in 2008
 Polls: Democratic state Senator Walter H. Dalton
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 2,133,058 51.10% state Senator Walter H. Dalton
  Candidate Republican 1,915,012 45.88% state Senator Robert Pittenger
  Candidate Libertarian; (Boston Tea) 126,074 3.02% S. Phillip "Phillip" Rhodes
Total 4,174,144 100.00%  

110th U.S. House of Representatives  2 year term, Election Cycle 2006, 2008. No Term Limit. 110th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
7 Democratic (7 Renominated);
6 Republican (6 Renominated)

CD 1
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman G. K. Butterfield
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected in Special Election, 20 July 2004, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Congressman Frank W. Ballance, Jr.- effective 11 June 2004.
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman G. K. Butterfield
  Elected Democratic 192,765 70.28% Congressman G. K. Butterfield
FEC H4NC01046: $792,329
  Candidate Republican 81,506 29.72% William A. "Dean" Stephens
FEC H8NC01096: Financial report not available
Total 274,271 100.00%  

CD 2
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Bob Etheridge
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1996
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Bob Etheridge
  Elected Democratic 199,730 66.93% Congressman Bob Etheridge
FEC H6NC02080: $1,270,858
  Candidate Republican 93,323 31.27% Danny Eugene "Dan" Mansell
FEC H6NC02106: $22,008
  Candidate Libertarian 5,377 1.80% Willis Gene "Will" Adkins
FEC H8NC02045: Financial report not available
Total 298,430 100.00%  

CD 3
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr.
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1994
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr.
  Elected Republican 201,686 65.90% Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr.
FEC H2NC01081: $670,132
  Candidate Democratic 104,364 34.10% Craig Peter Weber
FEC H6NC03120: $18,616
Total 306,050 100.00%  

CD 4
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman David E. Price
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
Returned to House: 1996
[previously served in House]
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman David E. Price
  Elected Democratic 265,751 63.32% Congressman David E. Price
FEC H6NC04037: $1,152,754
  Candidate Republican; (Boston Tea) 153,947 36.68% William "B.J." Lawson, Jr.
FEC H8NC04074: $576,023
Total 419,698 100.00%  

CD 5
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Virginia Foxx
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman Virginia Foxx
  Elected Republican 190,820 58.37% Congressman Virginia Foxx
FEC H4NC05146: $1,096,759
  Candidate Democratic 136,103 41.63% Roy James Carter
6 May Primary: 50.30%

FEC H8NC05030: $238,163
Total 326,923 100.00%  

CD 6
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman John Howard "Howard" Coble
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman John Howard "Howard" Coble
  Elected Republican 221,018 67.00% Congressman John Howard "Howard" Coble
FEC H4NC06011: $569,684
  Candidate Democratic 108,873 33.00% Teresa Sue Bratton
FEC H8NC06061: $117,114
Total 329,891 100.00%  

CD 7
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1996
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre
  Elected Democratic 215,383 68.84% Congressman Mike McIntyre
FEC H8NC07044: $895,676
  Candidate Republican 97,472 31.16% William James "Will" Breazeale
FEC H8NC07085: $86,402
Total 312,855 100.00%  

CD 8
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Robert Cannon "Robin" Hayes
First elected: 1998
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Leans Democratic - Democratic Lawrence Webb "Larry" Kissell favored over Republican Congressman Robert Cannon "Robin" Hayes
  Elected Democratic 157,185 55.38% Lawrence Webb "Larry" Kissell
FEC H6NC08111: $1,513,740
  Candidate Republican 126,634 44.62% Congressman Robert Cannon "Robin" Hayes
FEC H8NC08042: $3,768,678
Total 283,819 100.00%  

CD 9
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Suellen "Sue" Myrick
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1994
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman Suellen "Sue" Myrick
  Elected Republican 241,053 62.37% Congressman Suellen "Sue" Myrick
FEC H4NC09106: $1,198,840
  Candidate Democratic 138,719 35.89% Harry A. Taylor
FEC H8NC09073: $252,143
  Candidate Libertarian 6,711 1.74% Andy Grum
FEC H8NC09099: Financial report not available
Total 386,483 100.00%  

CD 10
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Patrick Timothy McHenry
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman Patrick Timothy McHenry
  Elected Republican 171,774 57.55% Congressman Patrick Timothy McHenry
FEC H4NC10047: $1,525,720
  Candidate Democratic 126,699 42.45% Daniel Henry Johnson
FEC H8NC10055: $693,540
Total 298,473 100.00%  

CD 11
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Joseph Heath "Heath" Shuler
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Joseph Heath "Heath" Shuler
  Elected Democratic 211,112 61.96% Congressman Joseph Heath "Heath" Shuler
FEC H6NC11172: $1,670,728
  Candidate Republican 122,087 35.83% Ralph Carl Mumpower "Carl" Mumpower, III
Media reports indicate Mr. Mumpower suspended his campaign circa 14 July 2008 and reactivated it circa 19 July 2008.

FEC H8NC11079: $134,307
  Candidate Libertarian 7,517 2.21% Keith Smith
FEC H8NC11087: Financial report not available
Total 340,716 100.00%  

CD 12
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Melvin L. "Mel" Watt
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1992
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Melvin L. "Mel" Watt
  Elected Democratic 215,908 71.56% Congressman Melvin L. "Mel" Watt
FEC H2NC12021: $680,471
  Candidate Republican 85,814 28.44% Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb, Jr.
FEC H8NC12093: $25,306
Total 301,722 100.00%  

CD 13
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Ralph Bradley "Brad" Miller
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2002
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Ralph Bradley "Brad" Miller
  Elected Democratic 221,379 65.93% Congressman Ralph Bradley "Brad" Miller
FEC H2NC13029: $948,618
  Candidate Republican 114,383 34.07% Hugh Webster
FEC H8NC13042: $47,237
Total 335,762 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election Democratic Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1996; re-elected: 2000, 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall
  Elected Democratic 2,316,903 56.79% Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall
  Candidate Republican 1,762,928 43.21% Jack Sawyer
Total 4,079,831 100.00%  

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper
  Elected Democratic 2,538,178 61.10% Attorney General Roy Cooper
  Candidate Republican 1,615,762 38.90% Bobby J. "Bob" Crumley
Total 4,153,940 100.00%  

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election
Open
Democratic Treasurer Richard Hancock Moore
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Open Seat - Candidate for Governor in 2008
 Polls: Democratic Janet Cowell
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 2,179,665 53.62% Janet Cowell
  Candidate Republican 1,885,724 46.38% William G. "Bill" Daughtridge
Total 4,065,389 100.00%  

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election Republican Auditor Leslie W. "Les" Merritt, Jr.
First elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Auditor Leslie W. "Les" Merritt, Jr.
  Elected Democratic 2,175,242 53.57% Beth A. Wood
  Candidate Republican 1,885,229 46.43% Auditor Leslie W. "Les" Merritt, Jr.
Total 4,060,471 100.00%  

Commissioner of Agriculture  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election Republican Agriculture Commissioner Steven W. "Steve" Troxler
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Agriculture Commissioner Steven W. "Steve" Troxler
  Elected Republican 2,130,146 52.05% Agriculture Commissioner Steven W. "Steve" Troxler
  Candidate Democratic 1,962,741 47.95% James Ronald "Ronnie" Ansley
Total 4,092,887 100.00%  

Commissioner of Insurance  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election
Open
Democratic Insurance Commissioner James E. "Jim" Long
First elected: 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996; re-elected: 2000, 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Open Seat
 Polls: Democratic Wayne Goodwin
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 2,106,870 51.57% Wayne Goodwin
  Candidate Republican 1,822,452 44.61% John Odom
  Candidate Libertarian 153,517 3.76% Mark McMains
  Candidate Scattering 2,312 0.06% WRITE-IN Misc.
  Candidate Write-in 46 0.00% Nathaniel Cooper
Total 4,085,197 100.00%  

Commissioner of Labor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election Republican Labor Commissioner Cherie Killian Berry
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Labor Commissioner Cherie Killian Berry
  Elected Republican 2,065,095 50.61% Labor Commissioner Cherie Killian Berry
  Candidate Democratic 2,015,442 49.39% Mary Fant Donnan
Proceeds to runoff. Came in 1st place in 6 May primary with 27.54%. Won 24 June runoff.
Total 4,080,537 100.00%  

Superintendent of Public Instruction  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election Democratic Public Instruction Superintendent June St. Clair Atkinson
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected 2004 in a contested election which was decided by the State Legislature August 2005
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Public Instruction Superintendent June St. Clair Atkinson
  Elected Democratic 2,177,934 53.66% Public Instruction Superintendent June St. Clair Atkinson
  Candidate Republican 1,881,075 46.34% Richard T. Morgan
Total 4,059,009 100.00%  

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 14 incumbents, 25 candidates
  Republican: 11 incumbents, 25 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Green (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 8 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Boston Tea: 3 candidates
  Socialist Party USA: 1 candidate
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Scattering: 3 candidates
  Write-in: 5 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from an election authority that the person so listed will actually appear on the ballot.
 
FEC indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary "Total Receipts" for candidates for Federal Office.

 


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