NORTH CAROLINA
15 Electoral Votes 
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Population 
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, North Carolina State Board of Elections)
Total Resident Population, July 1, 2019 est.


Total Registration, Nov. 2020  


North Carolina has: 100 counties.
Five largest counties: Mecklenburg, Wake, Guilford, Forsyth, Cumberland.
Five largest cities: Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Durham

Government
Governor: Roy Cooper (D) seeking re-election in 2020.
State Legislature: North Carolina General Assembly  House: 120 seats  Senate: 50 seats
Local: Cities and Towns, Counties    NACO
U.S. House: 10R, 3D - 1. G.K. Butterfield (D) | 2. G.Holding (R) | 3. G.Murphy (R) | 4. D.Price (D) | 5. V.Foxx (R) | 6. M.Walker (R) | 7. D.Rouzer (R) | 8. R.Hudson (R) | 9. D.Bishop (R) | 10. P.McHenry (R) | 11. M.Meadows (R) vacant | 12. A.Adams (D) | 13. T.Budd (R).  >
U.S. Senate: Thom Tillis (R) seeking re-election in 2020, Richard Burr (R) re-elected in 2016. 
2020
Governor: Gov. Roy Cooper (D), seeking a second term, faces Lt. Gov. Dan Forest (R), retired police officer Al Pisano (C) and Steven DiFiore (L).
U.S. Senate: Sen. Thom Tillis (R), elected in 2014, is seeking a second term; challenging him are former state Sen. Cal Cunningham (D), Kevin Hayes (C), and Shannon Bray (L).
U.S. House:
There are three open seats including two where court ordered redistricting > has prompted Republican retirements.
- NC-2 (central and eastern NC, between Raleigh and Rocky Mount) Rep. George Holding (R), first elected to Congress Nov. 2012 representing NC-13, is retiring.  Running to succeed him are Ret. Army Colonel Alan Swain (R), 2016 U.S. Senate nominee Deborah Ross (R) and attorney Jeff Matemu (L).
- NC-6 (north central NC) Rep. Mark Walker (R), first elected Nov. 2014, is retiring.  Running are business owner Lee Haywood (R) and attorney Kathy Manning (D),

- NC-11 (western NC incl. Asheville) Rep. Mark Meadows (R), who had announced in Dec. 2019 he was retiring in 2020, resigned on Mar. 30, 2020 to become White House Chief of Staff.  Madison Cawthorne (R), the upset winner of the June 23 run-off, will face attorney Moe Davis (D).
Also of note:
- NC-9 The State elections board did not certify results of the Nov. 2018 election due to fraud.  Dan Bishop (R) was elected in a Sept. 10, 2019 special election.
- NC-3 Rep. Walter B. Jones (R) passed away on Feb. 10, 2019.  Gregory F. Murphy (R) was elected in a Sept. 10, 2019 special election.

State Legislature: All 50 Senate seats and all 120 House seats are up.

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The Tar Heel State
General Election -- Tuesday, November 3, 2020
"No special circumstance or reason is needed to receive and vote a mail-in absentee ballot."

"On Friday, September 4, county boards of elections across North Carolina will begin sending absentee by mail ballots to registered voters who have requested ballots for the November 3 election.
"North Carolina is the first state to send ballots to voters for the 2020 election." - NCSBE


North Carolina has one-stop early voting and same-day registration. >


Voters are not required to show photo ID.

Among the issues litigated were the cure process for absentee ballots with deficiencies and and the deadline for receipt of postmarked absentee ballots (+).

NCSBE: Voter Tools
On the Ballot
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Trump/Pence (Rep.)


Biden/Harris (Dem.)


Blankenship/Mohr (Const.)


Hawkins/Walker (Grn.)


Jorgensen/Cohen (Lib.)





Overview: North Carolina is a 2020 battleground state featuring competitive races for president,  U.S. Senate and governor. 
    Republicans tabbed Charlotte to host the Republican National Convention from Aug. 24-27, 2020 but due to the pandemic ended up with just a business session on Aug. 24 (1, 2). 
   The campaigns and their allies are fully engaged (D, allies | R, allies).

Trump  |  Biden


Presidential Preference Primary -- Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Democrats
Biden 572,271 (42.95%), Sanders 322,645 (24.22%), Bloomberg 172,558 (12.95%), Warren 139,912 (10.50%)...  Total 1,332,382.  details

123 Delegates: 72 District, 24 At-Large, 14 PLEO and 13 Unpledged.


Republicans
Trump 750,600 (93.53%), No Pref. 20,085 (2.50%), Walsh 16,356 (2.04%), Weld 15,486 (1.93%).  Total: 802,527.

In the Libertarian primary 6,110 votes were split among 16 candidates; no preference emerged as the clear winner with 33.09%.  The Green (330 votes) and Constitution Parties (281 votes) also held primaries.
General Election Winners in North Carolina, 1992-2016
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
Bush
43.34%
Dole
48.73%
Bush
56.03%
Bush
56.02%
Obama
49.70%
Romney
50.39%
Trump
49.83%
  and the details...

General Election -- Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Voting Eligible Population*: 7,318,442.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 64.8%.

Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 14, 2016*Following Hurricane Matthew, a court ordered the deadline extended to Oct. 19 for 36 counties (+).

Absentee voting by mail begins (depending on municipality): Sept. 9, 2016.


Turnout by Voting Method >

One-Stop (Early Voting)
2,876,074
61.3%
In-Person (Election Day)
1,594,405
34%
Absentee-by-Mail
179,263
3.8%
Provisional
21,717
0.5%
UOCAVA
17,422
0.4%

Official Results>

 
+Trump/Pence (Rep.)
2,362,631
49.83%
Clinton/Kaine (Dem.)
2,189,316
46.17%
Johnson/Weld (Lib.)
130,126
2.74%
Write-In (Misc.)
47,386
1.00%
Stein (w/in)
12,105
0.26%
Total........4,750,564


ballots cast...4,769,640
Overview: North Carolina was a battleground state and saw intense activity by the Democratic and Republican campaigns.  The tight race for governor and tighter than expected contest for U.S. Senate also added interest.  Democrats and their allies expressed concerns about voter suppression.  Lower turnout in the black community and higher turnout among white voters was a major factor in Trump's success.  He carried 76 counties to 24 for Clinton, garnering a plurality of 164,315 votes (3.66 percentage points); at 49.83% of total votes tallied he fell just below 50-percent of the vote.
General Election Details
Clinton Trump
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 6,970,868.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 64.6%.

Voter Registration Deadline: October 12, 2012
One-Stop Voting: October 18-November 3, 2012



Obama
Romney
Election Day
738,784
964,107
Absentee/One Stop
1,426,129
1,297,067
Provisional
13,478
9,221
Total
2,178,391
2,270,395

Straight Party Voting
Democratic: 1,418,430
Republican: 1,110,390
Libertarian:       25,146
Total: 2,553,966

Official Results >

 
Obama/Biden (Dem.)
2,178,391
(48.35)
+Romney/Ryan (Rep.)
2,270,395
(50.39)
Johnson/Gray (Lib.) 44,515
(0.99)
Virgil Goode (w/in)
534
(0.01)
write-ins (misc.)
11,537
(0.26)
Total........4,505,372

ballots cast: 4,542,488.
2012 Overview
Democrats made an early play to keep North Carolina in the blue column, choosing Charlotte to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention.  In contrast to 2008, when the McCain and the Republicans paid relatively little attention to the state until late in the campaign, Romney and the RNC were fully engaged.  North Carolina was a contested battleground state, with full campaign staffs and plenty of ads, although it did not get as many candidate visits as other contested states and was seen as leaning Republican.  By Oct. 18, the News & Observer reported, "Romney campaign begins moving staff out of NC, confident of victory."(+)  Romney-Ryan won with a plurality of 92,004 votes (2.04 percentage points), carrying 70 counties to 30 for the Democratic ticket, and Republicans achieved gains up and down the ballot.
General Election Details
Obama Romney
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 6,551,412.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 65.8%.


Obama
McCain
Election Day
747,637
1,039,232
Absentee/One Stop
1,382,199
1,077,145
Provisional
12,815
12,097
Total
2,142,651
2,128,474

Official Results >


+Obama/Biden (Dem.)
2,142,651
(49.70)
McCain/Palin (Rep.) 2,128,474
(49.38)
Barr/Root (Lib.)
25,722
(0.60)
write ins
13,942
(0.32)
Total........4,310,789



2008 Overview
Obama-Biden carried North Carolina for the Democrats for the first time since 1976, but it was close, by a plurality of just 14,177 votes (0.32 percentage points).  Obama carried 33 counties to 67 for McCain. 
General Election Details
Obama/Allies  |  McCain/Allies  |  Nader

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General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Voting Eligible Population*: 6,055,771.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 57.8%.


Registration:
Dem. 2,582,462 (46.78%)   Rep. 1,903,199 (34.48%)   Lib. 12,754 (0.23%)   Unaffil. 1,021,648 (18.51%)   ...Total 5,519,992
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
1,961,166 
(56.02)
Kerry/Edwards (Dem.)
1,525,849 
(43.58)
Badnarik/Campagna (Lib.) 11,731 (0.34)
Ralph Nader (w/in)
1,805 
(0.05)
Brown/Herbert (w/in)
348 
(0.01)
David Cobb (w/in)
108 
Total........3,501,007
 




2004 Overview
The Democratic ticket has not carried North Carolina since Jimmy Carter did in 1976, but Sen. Kerry's selection of Sen. Edwards as his running mate put the Tar Heel State into play.  However the result was nearly the same as in 2000, as Bush amassed a plurality of 435,317 votes (12.44 percentage points).
General Election Details
Kerry/Allies  |  Bush-Cheney '04

General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Voting Eligible Population*: 5,744,241.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 50.7%.


Registration: Dem. 2,588,137 (49.9%)   Rep. 1,765,476 (34.0%)   Lib. 6,909 (0.1%)   Ref. 254  Unaffil. 831,857 (16.0%)   ...5,186,094.

Gore/Lieberman (Dem.)
1,257,692
(43.20)
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
1,631,163
(56.03)
Browne/Olivier (Lib.)
12,307
(0.42)
Buchanan/Foster (Ref.)
8,874
(0.30)
McReynolds/Hollis
1,226
(0.04)
Total........2,911,262

In 1999, the NC General Assembly passed legislation to allow in-person, no-excuse absentee voting.  A voter could vote at any designated Absentee One-Stop voting site in his or her county from Oct. 16 to Nov. 3, 2000. 393,152 people did so.  In addition there were 72,447 civilian absentee by mail votes and 3,766 military absentee returns.

2000 Overview
North Carolina, which went Republican by a very narrow margin in 1992, and a close but wider margin in 1996, went solidly into the GOP column in 2000, as Bush-Cheney secured a plurality of 373,471 votes (12.83 percentage points).  Bush carried 75 counties to 25 for Gore.  Bush won every county in the western part of the state and all the counties along the coast; Gore carried a cluster of 8 counties in the SE and another cluster of 17 counties in the NE.  North Carolina did not see much activity at the presidential level, with the exception of the second presidential debate, held on Oct. 11 at Wake Forest University.
General Election Activity

Notes: North Carolina's onerous ballot access requirements -- 51,324 signatures by May 17, 2000 -- resulted in a limited range of choices for the state's voters.  After the Nader campaign fell short, it went to court seeking an injunction to put him on the ballot.  U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt turned down their request (Aug. 9 ruling), and an appeal to the 4th Circuit likewise proved unsuccessful (Sept. 15).

1992 and 1996 General Elections
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Bush (Rep.)..........1,134,661
(43.34)
Clinton (Dem.).......1,114,042
(42.65)
Perot (Unaff.)...........357,864
(13.70)
Others (Marrou+w/ins).5,283 
(0.21)
Total........2,611,850

1996
Dole (Rep.)...........1,225,938
(48.73)
Clinton (Dem.).......1,107,849
(44.04)
Perot (Ref.)..............168,059
(6.68)
Others (2+w/ins)........13,961
(0.55)
Total........2,515,807