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NORTH CAROLINA

north-carolinaPopulation: 10,042,802 (2015)

Filing deadline: December 2, 2015 & March 25, 2016.

Primary: March 15 & June 7, 2016.

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North Carolina (R+3) is one of the most liberal southern states, largely because of immigration from the north. It is 68% White, 20% Black and 7% Hispanic.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 15. North Caro­lina is a swing state in Presidential elections. Obama won narrowly in 2008, Romney won narrowly in 2012.

Senators: 2 Republicans.

Thom Tillis. (Pic: Congress)

Thom Tillis. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Thom Tillis (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Armed Forces, Judiciary, Veterans.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeThom Tillis

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2020.

Status, May 22, 2016: B
usinessman and Speaker of the State House, Thom Tillis (b.1960), took the seat from an incumbent Democrat with 49% in 2014.

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Richard Burr. (Pic: Congress)

Richard Burr. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 3: Richard Burr (R)
Committees: Intelligence (Chair), Finance, Health & Education.

Democratic nomineeDeborah Ross
Republican nominee: Richard Burr

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2016.

Status, May 22, 2016:
Salesman Richard Burr (b.1955) was elected to the House in 1994 and the Senate in 2004. He took 55% in 2010. The Dems are running former State Representative Deborah Ross.

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Representatives: 13 Representatives: 3 Democrats and 10 Republicans. The state’s Congressional districts were redrawn on the orders of a Federal Court. The filing deadline and primary date for the House was postponed and the Run-Off cancelled (for this year only).

G. K. Butterfield. (Pic: Congress)

G. K. Butterfield. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: G. K. Butterfield (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: G. K. But­ter­field
Republican nomineeH. Powell Dew Jr

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (D+?) lies in the northeastern parts of the state and is one of the most changed after the Court’s order. It contains 69% of the old district and has lost coastal areas, picked up inland areas and gotten more White voters. It is now 48% White, 44% Black and 7% Hispanic. Lawyer and Judge G. K. Butterfield (b.1947) was first elected in a special election in 2004 and took 73% in 2014. The GOP is running pastor H. Powell Dew Jr.

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Rene Ellmers. (Pic: Congress)

Rene Ellmers. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Rene Ellmers (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: John McNeil
Republican nominee: George Hol­ding

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+?) still covers central parts of the state, but has been shifted to the northeast and only contains 18% of its former voters. It is 73% White, 19% Black and 7% Hispanic velgere. Nurse Renee Ell­mers (b.1964) defeated an incumbent Democrat in 2010, and took 59% in 2014. With this year’s redraw she lost the primary to fellow Congressman George Hol­ding. The Dems nominated lawyer John McNeil.

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Walter Jones. (Pic: Congress)

Walter Jones. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Walter Jones (R)
Committees: Armed Forces.

Democratic nominee: Ernest Reeves
Republican nominee: Walter Jones

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+?) now covers most of the coastal areas north of Wilmington, all the way up to the Virginia border. It contains 81% of the old district and is 73% White and 21% Black. Businessman and State Senator Walter Jones (b.1943) was originally a Democrat, and lost a Congressional election for that party in 1992. He ran as a Republican two years later and won. He took 68% in 2014. Jones has often annoyed his own party and was the first to oppose the Iraq War. The Dems are running businessman Ernest Reeves, who also ran for Senator earlier this year.

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David Price. (Pic: Congress)

David Price. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: David Price (D)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: David Price
Republican nominee: Sue Googe

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (D+?) lies in central parts of the state, but is more compact now and contains 62% of the old one. It is 65% White, 22% Black and 9% Hispanic. Professor David Price (b.1940) was first elected in 1986. He lost in 1994, but won the seat back in 1996 and took 75% in 2014. The GOP is running real estate investor Sue Googe.

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Virginia Foxx. (Pic: Congress)

Virginia Foxx. (Pic: Congress)

District 5
Representative: Virginia Foxx (R)
Committees: Education, Rules.

Democratic nominee: Josh Brannon
Republican nominee: Vir­ginia Foxx

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+?) covers the northwestern corner of the state and contains 73% of the old one. It is 80% White and 14% Black. Businesswoman, teacher and State Senator Virginia Foxx (b.1943) was first elected in 2004 and took 61% in 2014 against software developer Josh Brannon, who is running again.

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Mark Walker. (Pic: Congress)

Mark Walker. (Pic: Congress)

District 6
Representative: Mark Walker (R)
Committees: Homeland Security, Oversight.

Democratic nomineePete Glidewell
Republican nomineeMark Walker

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+?) still covers northern, central areas of the state, but only contains 50% of the old seat. It is 74% White and 19% Black. Baptist preacher Mark Walker (b.1969) held it with 59% in 2014. The Dems are running consultant Pete Glidewell.

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David Rouzer. (Pic: Congress)

David Rouzer. (Pic: Congress)

District 7
Representative: David Rouzer (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Transportation.

Democratic nomineeJ. Wesley Casteen
Republican nomineeDavid Rouzer

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+?) covers eastern and southern parts of the state, including the coastal areas around Wilmington. It has kept 72% of the old voters and is 73% White and 20% Black. Agricultural economist and State Senator David Rouzer (b.1972) took the open seat with 59% in 2014. The Dems are running lawyer J. Wesley Casteen.

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Richard Hudson. (Pic: Congress)

Richard Hudson. (Pic: Congress)

District 8
Representative: Richard Hudson (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: Thomas Mills
Republican nominee: Richard Hudson

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+?) covers southern, central areas of the state, but has kept only 42% of its voters. It is 70% White and 22% Black. Richard Hudson (b.1971) held several jobs on the staffs of Republican politicians before defeating an incumbent Democrat in 2012. He won 65% in 2014. The Dems are running consultant Thomas Mills.

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Robert Pittenger. (Pic: Congress)

Robert Pittenger. (Pic: Congress)

District 9
Representative: Robert Pittenger (R) C
ommittees
: Financial Services.

Democratic nomineeChristian Cano
Republican nominee: Robert Pit­tenger

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+?) lies in southern, central parts of the state and forms a long, thin line along parts of the state border with South Carolina. It contains only 39% of the former district and is 67% White and 19% Black. Real estate investor and State Senator Robert Pittenger (b.1948) was a losing candidate for the LG job in 2008. He won a very bitter primary contest and got 52% against a strong Democrat in 2012, but had no opponents in 2014. The Dems are running businessman Christian Cano.

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Patrick McHenry. (Pic: Congress)

Patrick McHenry. (Pic: Congress)

District 10
Representative: Patrick McHenry (R)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nomineeAndy Millard
Republican nominee: Pat­rick McHenry

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+?) covers southwestern parts of the state, between Ashville and Charlotte and only 4% of it has changed. It is 84% White and 11% Black. Patrick McHenry (b.1975) held several jobs for Republican politicians before winning this seat in 2004. He took 61% in 2014. The Dems are running financial planner Andy Millard.

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Mark Meadows. (Pic: Congress)

Mark Meadows. (Pic: Congress)

District 11
Representative: Mark Meadows (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Oversight, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Rick Bryson
Republican nominee: Mark Meadows

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+?) has kept 96% of its former population. It covers western parts of the state and is 91% White. Real estate investor Mark Meadows (b.1959) was first elected to this open seat in 2012 and took 63% in 2014. The Dems are running Bryson City Alderman Rick Bryson.

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Alma Adams. (Pic: Congress)

Alma Adams. (Pic: Congress)

District 12
Representative: Alma Adams (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Education, Small Business.

Democratic nomineeAlma Adams
Republican nominee: Leon Threatt

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (D+?) contains just 52% of the old one and has changed from being a long, thin stripe up from the SC borderline to northern parts, into a much more compact area centered around Charlotte. It is 51% White, 35% Black and 12% Hispanic. Professor and State Representative Alma Adams (b.1946) held the seat with 75% in 2014, but now lives almost 90 miles outside the new borders. She is reportedly moving to Charlotte. The GOP is running Pastor Leon Threatt.

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George Holding. (Pic: Congress)

George Holding. (Pic: Congress)

District 13
Representative: George Hol­ding (R)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: Bruce Davis
Republican nominee: Ted Budd

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+?) was radically changed in the redraw and now contains three roughly equal parts of old districts, plus two minor parts of other districts. It now covers central and western parts of the state. It is 72% White and 21% Black. Lawyer, judge and Federal Attorney George Hol­ding (b.1968) was first elected in 2012 and took 57% in 2014, but is running in the 2nd district instead. This seat definitely favors the Republicans, but is still winnable to a Democrat. The GOP nominated gun range owner and agricultural investor Ted Budd. The Dems are running former County Commissioner Bruce Davis.

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STATE LEVEL

Pat McCrory. (Pic: State of NC)

Pat McCrory. (Pic: State of NC)

Governor: Pat McCrory (R)

Democratic nomineeRoy Cooper
Republican nominee: Pat McCrory

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, May 22, 2016:
Businessman and Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory (b.1956) narrowly lost in 2008, but won in 2012, with 55%. The Democrats nominated AG Roy Cooper.

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Dan Forest. (Pic: State of NC)

Dan Forest. (Pic: State of NC)

Lieutenant Governor: Dan Forest (R)

Democratic nomineeLinda Coleman
Republican nominee: Dan Forest

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, May 22, 2016:
The LG is nominated and elected separately in North Carolina. Architect Dan Forest (b.1967) won with just 50% in 2012 and is facing the same Democrat, ex-State Representative Linda Coleman.

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Elaine Marshall. (Pic: State of NC)

Elaine Marshall. (Pic: State of NC)

Secretary of State: Elaine Mar­shall (D)

Democratic nominee: Elaine Mar­shall
Republican nomineeMichael LaPaglia

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2016.

Status, May 22, 2016:
Lawyer and State Senator Elaine Mar­shall (b.1945) was first elected in 1996. She took 54% in 2012. The GOP is running businessman Michael LaPaglia.

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Janet Cowell. (Pic: State of NC)

Janet Cowell. (Pic: State of NC)

Treasurer: Janet Cowell (D)

Democratic nomineeDan Blue
Republican nomineeDale Folwell

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, May 22, 2016:
Businesswoman and State Senator Janet Cowell (b.1968) was first elected in 2008 and took 54% in 2012, but is not running again. The Dems are running lawyer Dan Blue. The GOP is running State Representative Dale Folwell.

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Beth Wood. (Pic: State of NC)

Beth Wood. (Pic: State of NC)

Auditor: Beth Wood (D)

Democratic nominee: Beth Wood
Republican nomineeChuck Stuber

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, May 22, 2016:
Accountant Beth Wood (b.1954) was first elected in 2008 and took 54% in 2012. The GOP is running former FBI-agent Chuck Stuber.

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Roy Cooper. (Pic: State of NC)

Roy Cooper. (Pic: State of NC)

Attorney General: Roy Cooper (D)

Democratic nomineeJosh Stein
Republican nomineeBuck Newton

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, May 22, 2016:
Lawyer and State Senator Roy Cooper (b.1957) was first elected in 2000 and had no opponents in 2012. He is running for Governor in 2016. The Dems are running State Senator Josh Stein. The GOP is running State Senator Buck Newton.

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June Atkinson. (Pic: State of NC)

June Atkinson. (Pic: State of NC)

Superintendent of Public Instruction: June Atkinson (D)

Democratic nominee: June Atkinson
Republican nomineeMark Johnson

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2016.

Status, May 22, 2016:
Teacher June Atkinson (b.1948) was first elected in 2008 and took 54% in 2012. The GOP is running School Board member and teacher Mark Johnson.

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Steve Troxler. (Pic: State of NC)

Steve Troxler. (Pic: State of NC)

Agriculture Commissioner: Steve Troxler (R)

Democratic nomineeWalter Smith
Republican nominee: Steve Troxler

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, May 22, 2016:
Farmer Steve Troxler was first elected in 2004 and took 53% in 2012. The Dems are running the same candidate as in 2012, farmer Walter Smith.

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Cherie Berry. (Pic: State of NC)

Cherie Berry. (Pic: State of NC)

Labor Commissioner: Cherie Berry (R)

Democratic nomineeCharles Meeker
Republican nominee: Cherie Berry

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, May 22, 2016:
Businesswoman and State Representative Cherie Berry (b.1946) was first elected in 2000 and took 53% in 2012. The Dems are running lawyer and former Raleigh Mayor, Charles Meeker.

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Wayne Goodwin. (Pic: State of NC)

Wayne Goodwin. (Pic: State of NC)

Insurance Commissioner: Wayne Goodwin (D)

Democratic nominee: Wayne Goodwin
Republican nomineeMike Causey

Rating, May 22, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, May 22, 2016:
Lawyer and State Representative Wayne Goodwin (b.1967) was first elected in 2008 and took 52% in 2012 against farmer Mike Causey, who is running again.

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State Senate: 50 (16D / 34R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.
State House: 120 (46D / 74R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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