Election review: three primary runoffs in Alabama and North Carolina

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July 16, 2014

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Two states held primary runoff elections yesterday: Alabama and North Carolina. Between the two states, there were only a total of three races that required runoff elections.

In Alabama's 6th Congressional District, Gary Palmer soundly defeated Paul DeMarco to secure the Republican nomination for the open seat left by the retirement of Rep. Spencer Bachus.[1] This was a reversal of the June 3 primary result, in which DeMarco received 32.7 percent of the vote compared to Palmer's 19.7 percent.[2]

North Carolina's 5th Congressional District held a runoff between Josh Brannon and Gardenia Henley for the Democratic nomination. Brannon defeated Henley, consistent with his higher percentage of the vote in the initial primary election. Brannon will face a difficult battle against incumbent Virginia Foxx in the general election.

The race for the Republican nomination in North Carolina's 6th Congressional District had a much higher voter turnout than the 5th District's runoff. North Carolina's 6th District leans Republican, so the winner of this race is likely to win in the general election. Although Mark Walker received less votes than Phil Berger, Jr. in the initial primary election, he defeated Berger in the runoff by a 20 percent margin of victory.

Full results for all House runoff races are shown below.

U.S. House

See also: United States House of Representatives elections, 2014

Alabama runoff

Alabama
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Alabama, 2014

There are seven seats up for grabs in the Alabama's 2014 congressional elections. The Republican Party currently holds six of the seven seats.

Members of the U.S. House from Alabama -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 6 6
Total 7 7

District 6

See also: Alabama's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Gary Palmer defeated Paul DeMarco in the Republican primary runoff election in a reversal of the primary election, in which DeMarco received substantially more votes than Palmer. He will face Avery Vise (D) and Aimee Love (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1] Palmer is expected to win election in November in what some have referred to as "the reddest district in the county."[3]

U.S. House, Alabama District 6 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary Palmer 63.5% 47,491
Paul DeMarco 36.5% 27,295
Total Votes 74,786
Source: Results from Politico as of 100% reporting Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
U.S. House, Alabama District 6 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul DeMarco 32.7% 30,894
Green check mark transparent.pngGary Palmer 19.7% 18,655
Scott Beason 15.3% 14,451
Chad Mathis 15.3% 14,420
Will Brooke 13.9% 13,130
Tom Vigneulle 2.5% 2,397
Robert Shattuck 0.6% 587
Total Votes 94,534
Source: Alabama Secretary of State


North Carolina runoff

North Carolina
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina, 2014

There are 13 seats up for grabs in the North Carolina's 2014 congressional elections. The Republican Party currently holds nine of the 13 seats.

Members of the U.S. House from North Carolina -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 4 3
     Republican Party 9 10
Total 13 13

District 5

See also: North Carolina's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Josh Brannon defeated Gardenia Henley in the Democratic runoff primary.[4] Brannon will challenge Republican incumbent Virginia Foxx in the November general election.[5] Foxx is expected to win the general election, as she has a financial advantage in a Republican-leaning district and has been in office since 2005.[6] The Cook Political Report also rates Foxx's seat as "Solid Republican."[7]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 5 Runoff Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJosh Brannon 65.6% 2,726
Gardenia Henley 34.4% 1,427
Total Votes 4,153
Source: 99% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
U.S. House, North Carolina District 5 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJosh Brannon 33.1% 8,010
Green check mark transparent.pngGardenia Henley 26.5% 6,417
Michael Holleman 23.2% 5,618
Will Stinson 17.3% 4,189
Total Votes 24,234
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections

District 6

See also: North Carolina's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

With incumbent Howard Coble (R) not seeking re-election in 2014, the May 6 Republican primary was a crowded race between nine candidates. Mark Walker defeated Phil Berger, Jr. in the resulting Republican runoff primary.[4] Berger had received the highest percentage of votes in the initial primary election, but Walker gained about 7,700 votes between the primary and the runoff, leaving him the winner by a 20 percent margin of victory. Walker will face Democratic candidate Laura Fjeld in the November 4 general election.[5] Although Fjeld has a financial advantage, The Cook Political Report rates North Carolina's 6th District as "Solid Republican" in 2014.[7]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 6 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Walker 60.1% 18,849
Phil Berger, Jr. 39.9% 12,527
Total Votes 31,376
Source: 99% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
U.S. House, North Carolina District 6 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Berger, Jr. 34.3% 15,127
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Walker 25.2% 11,123
Bruce VonCannon 11.5% 5,055
Zack Matheny 11.4% 5,043
Jeff Phillips 7.9% 3,494
Don Webb 4.3% 1,899
Mike Causey 3.2% 1,427
Kenn Kopf 1.2% 510
Charlie Sutherland 1% 458
Total Votes 44,136
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections

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