Opinion

Post-game primary report

North Carolina’s primary produced similar headlines across the state. Former President Trump’s influence in North Carolina clearly matters. However, there is much more to unpack in the primary post-game report. Overall, 758,000 people voted a GOP ballot in the primary election. That’s 146,000 more than the 612,000 who voted a Democrat ballot.

Dallas Woodhouse
News

Nickel and Hines to face-off in competitive NC 13

Wiley Nickel and Bo Hines will face off for the 13th Congressional District seat. The district includes Johnston County, as well as parts of Wayne, Harnett, and Wake Counties. Nickel’s victory in the Democratic primary is now assured, and the Republican leader Hines is safely above 30%, so will avoid a runoff. Hines, who was endorsed...

Ray Nothstine
News

62% of unaffiliated voters chose Republican ballot in N.C. early voting

According to data from the N.C. Board of Elections, 577,232 voters cast a ballot early, with 290,226 of those voters requesting a Democrat ballot and 284,568 voters requesting a Republican ballot, giving Democrats a 50.3% to 49.3% edge. But for context, in 2020, 68% of early ballots requested were for the Democratic primary. 

David Larson
News

N.C. Primary election results: Live updates

Update 10:42 p.m.: Cook Political Report calls NC11 GOP primary for Edwards over Cawthorn. Reports that Cawthorn has called to concede. Update 10:15 p.m.: Decision Desk HQ calls NC11 GOP primary for Edwards over Madison Cawthorn. Update 10:01 p.m.: Trey Allen, Donna Stroud, and Michael Stading comfortably winning GOP judicial primaries. Update 9:56 p.m.: DeVan...

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Opinion

Final primary thoughts

Next week voters will finally decide which Republicans and which Democrats will be on the general election ballot. As part of the important spring cleaning at “The Woodshed” here are some final thoughts going into the primary day, and what we will be watching. The Delay Hurt Voters It is hard to identify exactly what races...

Dallas Woodhouse
News

Did video of Cawthorn violate NC’s ‘revenge porn’ laws?

On May 4, U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a Republican who represents North Carolina’s far west in Congress, commented on Twitter that the release of a sexual video of him was “blackmail.” The case that political opponents releasing the video, which shows Cawthorn naked in a hotel room bed with another man, breaks blackmail laws may...

David Larson
News

N.C. unaffiliated choosing GOP over Dem ballots at nearly double rate

In a typical election year, the assumption is that Democrats will dominate early voting and Republicans will catch up on Election Day. But in 2022, at least during the primary, this usual pattern has gone out the window. Republican ballots are running even with Democrat ballots as of May 9. And this elimination of Democrats’...

David Larson
Opinion

Let’s try grownups this time

With only a few days left to cast ballots in the 2022 primaries, most North Carolinians are worried and frustrated. Many are furious. Some 62% of voters responding to a recent High Point University poll said the country had “gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track.” Even higher shares of state voters said something...

John Hood
News

Political experts: Pending abortion ruling unlikely to sway N.C. midterm elections

The U.S. Supreme Court’s pending ruling on national abortion law is unlikely to significantly impact races up and down the ballot for Congress and the General Assembly in North Carolina, political experts say. That analysis lands despite claims by Democrats that they have found an issue to run on headed into a midterm cycle that is...

David N. Bass
News

Butterfield’s ‘October surprise’ comes early in NC-1 GOP primary

The 1st District was redrawn to be more competitive, and with a Republican wave-year predicted, whoever wins the GOP primary will find themselves in one of only two competitive congressional districts in the state. Republican Sandy Smith has her eye on the seat; she ran and lost to Butterfield in 2020 54% to 45%. She's running again in the primary, but she's not necessarily the front-runner. She has a well-funded primary challenger in Rocky Mount Mayor Sandy Roberson.

David Larson