Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: North Carolina State Executive Officials

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December 13, 2012

By Greg Janetka

Portal:State Executive Officials

Raleigh, North Carolina: Ten state executive positions were up for election this year in the state of North Carolina. Gov. Bev Perdue (D) chose not to seek re-election while Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton (D) made a play for her open seat. The other eight incumbents all ran for, and won, re-election on November 6, 2012.

Here are the candidates who won election.[1]

Office Incumbent General Election Candidates 2014 Winner Partisan Switch?
Governor Bev Perdue
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Democratic Party Walter Dalton
Republican Party Pat McCrory
Libertarian Party Barbara Howe
Pat McCrory Yes
Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton
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Democratic Party Linda Coleman
Republican Party Dan Forest
Dan Forest Yes
Secretary of State Elaine Marshall
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Democratic PartyElaine Marshall
Republican Party Ed Goodwin
Elaine Marshall No
Attorney General Roy Cooper
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Democratic PartyRoy Cooper Roy Cooper No
Treasurer Janet Cowell
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Democratic PartyJanet Cowell
Republican Party Steve Royal
Janet Cowell No
Auditor Beth Wood
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Democratic PartyBeth Wood
Republican PartyDebra Goldman
Beth Wood No
Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson
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Democratic PartyJune Atkinson
Republican PartyJohn Tedesco
June Atkinson No
Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler
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Democratic Party Walter Smith
Republican Party Steve Troxler
Steve Troxler No
Commissioner of Insurance Wayne Goodwin
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Democratic Party Wayne Goodwin
Republican PartyMike Causey
Wayne Goodwin No
Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry
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Democratic PartyJohn C. Brooks
Republican PartyCherie Berry
Cherie Berry No


Official Results


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See also: North Carolina gubernatorial election, 2012
Governor of North Carolina General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Walter Dalton 43.2% 1,931,580
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat McCrory 54.6% 2,440,707
     Libertarian Barbara Howe 2.1% 94,652
     Write-in Various 0% 1,356
Total Votes 4,468,295
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

See also: North Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012
Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Linda Coleman 49.9% 2,180,870
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Forest 50.1% 2,187,728
Total Votes 4,368,598
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

See also: North Carolina attorney general election, 2012
Attorney General of North Carolina General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRoy Cooper Incumbent 100% 2,828,941
Total Votes 2,828,941
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

See also: North Carolina secretary of state election, 2012
North Carolina Secretary of State General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElaine Marshall Incumbent 53.8% 2,331,173
     Republican Ed Goodwin 46.2% 2,003,026
Total Votes 4,334,199
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

See also: North Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2012
North Carolina Treasurer General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJanet Cowell Incumbent 53.8% 2,313,877
     Republican Steve Royal 46.2% 1,984,827
Total Votes 4,298,704
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

See also: North Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2012
North Carolina State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBeth Wood Incumbent 53.7% 2,299,541
     Republican Debra Goldman 46.3% 1,981,539
Total Votes 4,281,080
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

See also: North Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2012
North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJune Atkinson Incumbent 54.2% 2,336,441
     Republican John Tedesco 45.8% 1,971,049
Total Votes 4,307,490
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

See also: North Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2012
North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Walter Smith 46.8% 2,025,054
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Troxler Incumbent 53.2% 2,303,586
Total Votes 4,328,640
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

See also: North Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2012
North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWayne Goodwin Incumbent 51.9% 2,226,344
     Republican Mike Causey 48.1% 2,066,601
Total Votes 4,292,945
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

See also: North Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2012
North Carolina Commissioner of Labor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John C. Brooks 46.7% 2,019,266
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCherie Berry Incumbent 53.3% 2,300,500
Total Votes 4,319,766
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.

National picture

States with 2012 executive elections

There were 94 total seats up for election across 22 states this year, including 11 Governors, 9 Lt. Governors, 10 Attorneys General, 7 Secretaries of State and 57 down ballot seats.

  • Before the election, 51 of these offices were held by Democrats, 38 were held by Republicans, and the remaining 4 positions were held by non partisan or Independent officers . After the election, Democrats hold 49 (net loss of 2 seats), Republicans 42 (net gain of 4 seats), and Independents/non partisans only 1 (loss of 3).
  • Of the 69 incumbents who ran for election in 2012, 7 were defeated-6 Democrat and 1 Republican. Democratic Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau narrowly escaped that fate, having had to wait for her challenger to cancel a self-financed recount on December 11, 2012 before being named the official winner.[2]
  • Out of 25 total open seats, 13 were won by Democrats, 11 went to Republican, and 1 went to an Independent (non-partisan) candidate. In all, there are 34 new state executives as a result of the election.
  • From the gubernatorial perspective, after the November 2012 election, there are 30 Republican and 19 Democratic governors.[3] If the GOP had taken five governor seats from Democrats on November 6, that would have given the party 34 -- the most for Republicans since 1922. As of December 2012, the number of Democratic governors in the country is at its lowest since 2001.
2012 State Executive Election Partisan Breakdown
Party Before 2012 Election After 2012 Election Net Change
Democratic 51 50 -1
Republican 38 43 +5
Independent (Non-partisan) 4 1 -3
TOTALS 931 vacant 94
2012 State Executive Election Analysis
Party Open Seat Winners Defeated Incumbents New State Executives
Democratic 13 6 15
Republican 11 1 18
Independent (Non-partisan) 1 0 1
TOTALS 25 7 34

See also

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