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April 15, 2012

By: Geoff Pallay

RALEIGH, North Carolina: On May 8, voters will head to polls in North Carolina to cast ballots in state primaries. Most of the attention is centered around Amendment 1 -- but there are other issues to be decided that day.

North Carolina

There are 50 State Senate and 120 State House seats up for election this year. On May 8, there will be 27 contested Senate primaries and 63 contested House primaries. A contested primary is one in which at least two candidates will appear, giving voters a choice when casting their ballot.

With 340 possible party primaries (1 Democratic and 1 Republican primary for each seat), the 90 contested races represent only 26.5 percent of possible contested primaries.

Republicans won control of both chambers during the 2010 races, and are expected to retain their majorities this fall.

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

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