Jim Pendergraph

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Jim Pendergraph
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Candidate for
U.S. House, North Carolina , District 9
Prior offices
Mecklenburg County Sheriff
Bachelor'sHarvard University
Place of birthCharlotte, NC
Campaign website
Jim Pendergraph was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 9th Congressional District of North Carolina.[1] Because no candidate received more than 40% of the vote in the Republican primary election on May 8, 2012, a runoff primary took place.[2]



See also: North Carolina's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Pendergraph ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent North Carolina's 9th District. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was February 29, 2012. Pendergraph faced Dan Barry, Ken Leonczyk, Robert Pittenger, Michael Steinberg, Michael Shaffer, Jon Gauthier, Edwin Peacock and Ric Killian in the May 8, 2012, Republican primary. Pendergraph came in second in the May 8, 2012, primary. Pendergraph was defeated by Robert Pittenger in the primary runoff election on July 17, 2012.[2][3]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[4] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[4]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 9 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Pittenger 32.4% 29,999
Jim Pendergraph 25.3% 23,401
Edwin B. Peacock III 12.3% 11,336
Ric Killian 10.5% 9,691
Dan Barry 6% 5,515
Andy Dulin 4.9% 4,526
Mike Steinberg 2.5% 2,297
Jon Gauthier 2.2% 2,056
Ken Leonczyk 2.2% 2,047
Richard Lynch 1.1% 1,000
Michael Shaffer 0.6% 579
Total Votes 92,447


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Charlotte Observer

On May 4, the Charlotte Observer officially rescinded its endorsement of Pendergraph, saying he "has done nothing but embarrass us and himself," since receiving the backing less than a week before. The newspaper cited recent "birther" comments at a campaign event in which Pendergraph said, "I have reason to be suspicious...I've been around long enough to know people can forge anything." The Observer had initially endorsed Pendergraph, calling him a pragmatic conservative with "broad appeal." In its reversal, however, the paper noted that "Pendergraph has contradicted much of what he told the Observer's editorial board in his endorsement interview last month."[5]


On April 30, 2012, the Washington, DC-based Citizens for Conservative Leadership spent $6,600 on a mailer targeting Pendergraph.[6]

Campaign donors

As of April 18, 2012, Pendergraph's campaign had raised $173,026 and spent $115,685, leaving him with $57,341 cash on hand. Of that, 94 percent came from individual contributions, while 6 percent came from PAC contributions.[7] At the end of April, however, Pendergraph loaned his campaign $20,000.[8]

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