As the May 14th second primary approaches, Carolina Journal invited the candidates into our studios to talk about their goals and the 2024 race. Under North Carolina’s election laws candidates must win their primary with 30%, plus one, of the vote or the second place finisher in the contest may request a second primary. There are two statewide runoff elections next week: the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, and state auditor.

Hal Weatherman finished first in the March primary to be the Republican nominee for North Carolina’s lieutenant governor with 19.59% of the Republican primary vote. On Tuesday he faces Jim O’Neill, who garnered 15.84% in the March primary.

Early voting is already underway in the race and goes through Saturday, May 11. Find your Election Day polling place here.