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Fifteen primary runoff elections to be held in North Carolina, one declined
By: Joshua Williams
Contact: Brittany Clingen
RALEIGH, North Carolina: The North Carolina State Board of Elections has announced that 15 primary runoff elections will be held on July 17 at the request of candidates, while a potential runoff for state auditor was declined.
Under North Carolina law, runoff primary elections can be called for the top two vote-receiving candidates in a primary election if no candidate received more that 40 percent of the total vote. However, the primary runoff must be requested for it to be held. The eligible candidates this year had until May 17 to make the request.
The only eligible candidate to not request a runoff was a Republican candidate for the state auditor, Greg Dority. Dority stated on his Facebook campaign website that his decision was because of an "overwhelming need to bring [the Republican] party together and construct [their] best scenario for victory in November." He also noted that his chances of victory over leading candidate Debra Goldman in the runoff were not strong.
According to the Board of Elections, the fifteen runoffs are as follows:
- U.S. House of Representatives District 8 (Republican): Richard Hudson and Scott Keadle
- U.S. House of Representatives District 9 (Republican): Jim Pendergraph and Robert Pittenger
- U.S. House of Representatives District 11 (Republican): Mark Meadows and Vance Patterson
State executive official races
- North Carolina Lieutenant Governor (Republican): Dan Forest and Tony Gurley
- North Carolina Secretary of State (Republican): Kenn Gardner and Ed Goodwin
- North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance (Republican): Richard Morgan and Mike Causey
- North Carolina Commissioner of Labor (Democratic): Marlowe Foster and John C. Brooks
- North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction (Republican): John Tedesco and Richard Alexander
State legislature races
- North Carolina State Senate District 12 (Republican): Don Davis and Ronald Rabin
- North Carolina State Senate District 21 (Democratic): Billy R. King and Robert B. Clark III
- North Carolina State Senate District 41 (Republican): Jeff Tarte and John Aneralla
- North Carolina State Senate District 44 (Republican): Chris Carney and David Curtis
- North Carolina House of Representatives 6 (Republican): Mattie Lawson and Arthur Williams
- North Carolina House of Representatives 32 (Democratic): Nathan Baskerville and Jim Crawford
- North Carolina House of Representatives 109 (Republican): Wil Neumann and Dana Bumgardner
- United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina, 2012
- North Carolina state executive official elections, 2012
- North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012
- North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012