North Carolina 5/8 Primary: At a Glance


North Carolina has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, May 8. Here are some election facts about the state and a few key races, with the names of the Democratic candidates and links to their campaign websites.

North Carolina has a partially closed primary (if you’re registered with a party, you can only vote for those candidates; if you’re unaffiliated with a party, you can choose which party’s ballot you want). Check here for North Carolina’s Voter ID requirements.

The State At A Glance
– There are no Senators up for re-election in 2018
– All 13 House Representatives are up for re-election
– North Carolina went +3 for Trump in 2016
– Partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
Governor (D)
State Senate 35 (R) – 15 (D)  *Dems need +6 seats to break up the veto-proof majority
State House 75 (R) – 45 (D)  *Dems need +3 seats to break up the veto-proof majority

Redistricting Update
A court has ruled that North Carolina’s current congressional districts are an illegal gerrymander, however, no new districts are yet in place as the U.S. Supreme Court is considering two other gerrymander cases. The state will continue to use the current 2016 district map. Here are the congressional district map and legislative district maps.

Key Races

Currently held by Republican Robert Pittinger, this race is considered to be competitive. There are currently 2 Democrats running for the seat.

Dan McCready – campaign website
Christian Cano – campaign website

Currently held by Republican Ted Budd, this race is considered to be competitive. There are currently 2 Democrats running for the seat.

Adam Coker – campaign website
Kathy Manning – campaign website

A list of the districts and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.

>> State Senate District 39: Incumbent Dan Bishop, chief proponent of the “bathroom bill,” is being challenged by a Republican primarily on his role in creating that law. There are also two Democrats challenging the seat: Chad Stachowicz and Ann Harlan


The full list of candidates running for each of these districts can be found here.

VOTER TIP: If you’re unsure what state district number you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.

For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: North Carolina Elections 2018

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