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Election Recap: Call Your Legislators

November 07, 2012


1.Congratulate them.
2.Ask to meet with them. 
3.Report back to us and let us know how we can help! 

Citizens across North Carolina voted in national, state and local races yesterday, and the results of many of those races are now known. Below is a recap of the unofficial results of a number of those races, along with select media coverage. We have listed the winners of each of the races named below. For voting totals in these races and many more, see the N.C. State Board of Elections’ unofficial results.


Barack Obama (Mitt Romney carried the State of North Carolina

U.S. House of Representatives 
Barring the results of a recount in District 7, it appears that North Carolina’s U.S. House delegation will be split 9-4 Republican-Democrat. Nationally, Republicans retained control of the U.S. House of Representatives (see here), while Democrats maintained a majority in the U.S. Senate (see here). 

District 1: G.K. Butterfield (D)
District 2: Renee Elmers (R)
District 3: Walter Jones (R)
District 4: David Price (D)
District 5: Virginia Foxx (R)
District 6: Howard Coble (R)
District 7: Mike McIntyre (D) (Note: A recount has already been announced in this race, whichRep. McIntyre leads by 507 votes.)
District 8: Richard Hudson (R)
District 9: Robert Pittenger (R)
District 10: Patrick McHenry (R)
District 11: Mark Meadows (R)
District 12: Mel Watt (D)
District 13: George Holding (R) 


Governor: Pat McCrory, Former Mayor of Charlotte (AP: GOP sees big wins in N.C. offices including governor; McCrory pledges he will 'bring this state together')
Lieutenant Governor: Dan Forest (Note:Forest has declared victory, though his opponent, Linda Coleman, has not conceded) 

Attorney General: Roy Cooper
Auditor: Beth Wood
Agriculture Commissioner: Steve Troxler
Insurance Commissioner: Wayne Goodwin
Labor Commissioner: Cherie Berry
Secretary of State: Elaine Marshall
Superintendent of Public Instruction: June Atkinson
Treasurer: Janet Cowell (Cowell re-elected as NC state treasurer

N.C. Supreme Court: Paul Newby (Newby wins in close race

North Carolina General Assembly: 

Following last night’s elections, Republicans appear to now hold veto-proof majorities of 32-18 in the N.C. Senate and 77-43 in the N.C. House of Representatives. Per the N.C. Free Enterprise Foundation, the N.C. Senate will have 13 freshmen, and 30 Senators – 60 percent of the body – will be in their first or second terms. Meanwhile, the N.C. House will have 42 freshmen, and 69 Representatives – 57.5 percent – will be serving their first or second term. It is more important than ever that you reach out to your legislators and begin to build a relationship with them so that you can help them understand the impact their decisions have on your municipality and your citizens in their district. 

Congratulations to at least four current and former mayors who were elected to the General Assembly yesterday: Rockingham Mayor Gene McLaurin, former Burlington mayor and current council member Steve Ross, Cornelius mayor Jeff Tarte (scroll down to Senate District 41), and Chadbourn Mayor Kenneth Waddell. Congratulations as well to the many former city and town council members who won their elections last night. 

For the unofficial results in all of the General Assembly races, see here. Read more about the results of the General Assembly elections in the Fayetteville Observer and the News & Observer


Several municipalities held local elections yesterday as well. We will be providing more details on those elections as we have the information. Meanwhile, our hearty congratulations to N.C. League of Municipalities Board of Directors member Bernita Sims on her election as mayor of the City of High Point. High Point also elected two former mayors to its City Council.

Posted on November 07, 2012 by Government Affairs Team