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October 30, 2012

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

North Carolina's State Legislative Elections in 2012
Senate seats Contested senate seats House seats Contested house seats
50 30 (60.0%) 120 67 (55.8%)

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina: There are 170 total legislative seats with 2012 elections in North Carolina, where polling places are open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM Eastern Time.

Both the Senate and the House are solidly Republican, and neither chamber is expected to flip.

Of the 170 incumbents up for election in 2012, 126 (74.1%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 97 of 170 (57.1%) districts will see more than one major party candidate in the general election.

Here are a few races to watch:



  • District 12: This seat is currently open, and George Graham (D) will try to fend off challenger Jim Dancy (R) to keep the seat for Democrats.
  • District 20: Incumbent Dewey Hill (D) is not running for re-election, leaving newcomers Tom Gale (D) and Rick Catlin (R) to fight for the seat.

North Carolina State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 19 18
     Republican Party 31 32
Total 50 50

North Carolina House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 52 43
     Republican Party 67 77
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 120 120


See also

North Carolina