North Carolina State Senate elections, 2002

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Elections for the office of North Carolina State Senate consisted of a primary election on September 10, 2002, and a general election on November 5, 2002.[1] All 50 seats were up for election.

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in North Carolina in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[2]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2012 129 $15,133,676
2010 137 $18,614,595
2008 115 $15,991,201
2006 99 $14,697,182
2004 137 $13,819,791
2002 172 $12,996,012
2000 111 $9,180,706

During the 2002 election, the total contributions to the 172 Senate candidates was $12,996,012. The top 10 contributors were:[3]

2002 Donors, North Carolina State Senate
Donor Amount
North Carolina Democratic Party $2,083,272
North Carolina Democratic Executive Cmte - Senate $543,136
Pittenger, Robert $401,300
Smith, Fred $318,919
Queen, Joe Sam $250,000
Odom, T L (Fountain) $151,000
Moore, Tony P $101,500
Duke Energy $92,000
Love, Jimmy L $90,723
North Carolina Association of Realtors $89,200

Qualifications

Article 2, Section 6 of the North Carolina Constitution states: Each Senator, at the time of his election, shall be not less than 25 years of age, shall be a qualified voter of the State, and shall have resided in the State as a citizen for two years and in the district for which he is chosen for one year immediately preceding his election.

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Marc Basnight Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Ashley Stephenson: 2,644
  • Ron Toppin: 3,001 Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Marc Basnight: 32,723 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ron Toppin: 16,392

District 2

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Scott Thomas Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Chuck Tyson: 5,951 Approveda
  • Jule D. Wheatly: 4,551

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Scott Thomas: 26,011 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Chuck Tyson: 24,310

District 3

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Ann M. Slocumb: 1,626
  • Clark Jenkins: 10,687 Approveda
  • Henry Williams II: 1,523
  • Patricia Ferguson: 9,757
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Don Carson Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Henry Boschen Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Clark Jenkins: 26,444 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Don Carson: 12,743
Libertarian Party Henry Boschen: 464

District 4

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Charles J. Worth: 2,490
  • Clinton G. (T-Bone) Alston: 3,040
  • Robert B. Partin: 6,950
  • Robert L. Holloman: 8,142 Approveda
  • Ronnie C. Reaves: 5,133
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Tom Eisenmenger Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert L. Holloman: 28,336 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Tom Eisenmenger: 5,352

District 5

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • James M. Johnson III: 4,859
  • Robert Wheeler, Jr.: 2,371
  • Tony P. Moore: 5,005 Approveda
  • William L. Neill: 2,511
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • George H. Gray: 1,584
  • Tom Coulson: 3,651 Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Christopher Ruff Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tony P. Moore: 22,265 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tom Coulson: 20,992
Libertarian Party Christopher Ruff: 521

District 6

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Cecil Hargett: 6,329 Approveda
  • Kever M. Clark: 3,606
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Tom Mattison: 1,803
  • Tommy Pollard, Jr.: 2,893 Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Cecil Hargett: 14,146 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tommy Pollard, Jr.: 13,175

District 7

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • John Kerr Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Carolyn B. Russell Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Kerr: 21,211 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Carolyn B. Russell: 18,108

District 8

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • R.C. Soles, Jr. Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Dial Gray: 2,473
  • Ray Gilbert: 3,208 Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Edward Gore Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party R. C. Soles, Jr.: 28,513 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ray Gilbert: 20,993
Libertarian Party Edward Gore: 2,750

District 9

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Laura Padgett Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Dallas J. Brown, Jr.: 1,076
  • Patrick J. Ballantine: 8,552 Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Shaun Mitchell Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Laura Padgett: 17,381
Republican Party Patrick J. Ballantine: 34,361 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Shaun Mitchell: 1,033

District 10

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Charlie Albertson: 10,935 Approveda
  • Robert Bradshaw: 4,638
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Derl Walker: 1,075
  • George E. Wilson: 5,048 Approveda
  • Lewis T. Harris III: 1,121

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Charlie Albertson: 21,927 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party George E. Wilson: 18,290

District 11

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • A.B. Swindell Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Willie Cooke Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Charles Yow Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party A. B. Swindell: 26,471 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Willie Cooke: 16,636
Libertarian Party Charles Yow: 914

District 12

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Allen H. Wellons Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • E. Ray Boswell: 1,539
  • Fred Smith: 6,371 Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Allen H. Wellons: 19,253
Republican Party Fred Smith: 26,225 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • David F. Weinstein Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David F. Weinstein Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Vernon Malone Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Carol Bennett: 1,999 Approveda
  • Loretta Thompson: 1,593
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Richard Davison Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Vernon Malone: 28,469 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Carol Bennett: 14,518
Libertarian Party Richard Davison: 1,117

District 15

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Dorothy (Gerry) Bowles Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • George C Mackie, Jr.: 3,403
  • John H. Carrington: 8,126 Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Nathan Wilson Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dorothy (Gerry) Bowles: 25,581
Republican Party John H. Carrington: 36,177 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Nathan Wilson: 1,626

District 16

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Eric Miller Reeves Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Paul Y. Coble Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Jason Mara Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Eric Miller Reeves: 25,799 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Paul Y. Coble: 25,323
Libertarian Party Jason Mara: 1,215

District 17

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Thomas B. Hunt Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • David S. Sharpe, Jr: 2,723
  • Richard Stevens: 6,213 Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Susan Hogarth Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Thomas B. Hunt: 20,616
Republican Party Richard Stevens: 37,076 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Susan Hogarth: 2,411

District 18

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Wib Gulley Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Tom Davidson Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Mark Kitchens Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Wib Gulley: 27,335 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tom Davidson: 19,706
Libertarian Party Mark Kitchens: 1,576

District 19

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Russell McLaurin: 4,341
  • Tony Rand: 15,025 Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Bob White Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Tony Rand: 25,493 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bob White: 14,741

District 20

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Jeanne H. Lucas Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Jonathan Guze Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jeanne H. Lucas: 30,216 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Jonathan Guze: 3,617

District 21

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Audrey (Sister) Ray: 3,532
  • Larry Shaw: 6,951 Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Richard D. Evans Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Larry Shaw: 16,584 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Richard D. Evans: 8,293

District 22

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Jimmy L. Love: 6,690 Approveda
  • Wanda H. Hunt: 4,071
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Bobby Ray Hall: 1,963
  • Harris Blake: 4,687 Approveda
  • Teena S. Little: 3,995
  • Tim McNeill: 1,925
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Jonathan Lubecky Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jimmy L. Love: 20,072
Republican Party Harris Blake: 24,975 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Jonathan Lubecky: 840

District 23

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Ellie Kinnaird: 12,488 Approveda
  • Howard Lee: 12,369
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Peter Morcombe Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Christopher Todd Goss Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ellie Kinnaird: 37,481 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Peter Morcombe: 17,686
Libertarian Party Christopher Todd Goss: 1,847

District 24

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Bill Powell Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Hugh Webster Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bill Powell: 17,299
Republican Party Hugh Webster: 23,685 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Bill Purcell Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Donald M. Dawkins Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bill Purcell: 24,178 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Donald M. Dawkins: 17,778

District 26

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Phil Berger: 4,580 Approveda
  • Bob Shaw: 4,091
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary
  • Jim Capo Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Republican Party Phil Berger: 40,187 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Jim Capo: 7,264

District 27

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Kay R. Hagan Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Mark McDaniel Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Tom Bailey Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kay R. Hagan: 28,170 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mark McDaniel: 20,714
Libertarian Party Tom Bailey: 1,272

District 28

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Mac Whatley Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Jerry W. Tillman Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Douglas Kania Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Katie G. Dorsett: 26,395 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mike Causey: 14,139
Libertarian Party Douglas Kania: 728

District 29

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Charles K. Moss: 2,127
  • Mac Whatley: 3,864 Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Bob Crumley: 3,509
  • Jerry W. Tillman: 6,616 Approveda
  • Joe O. Shaw: 3,314
  • Max Gardner Reece, Jr.: 862

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mac Whatley: 12,932
Republican Party Jerry W. Tillman: 24,972 Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Ed Gambill: 4,648 Approveda
  • Lana Wood Brendle: 3,945
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Don W. East: 5,101
  • John Garwood: 6,205 Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • James Wentz Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ed Gambill: 16,842
Republican Party John Garwood: 28,591 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party James Wentz: 1,315

District 31

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Hamilton C. (Ham) Horton, Jr. Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Donn Linton Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Republican Party Hamilton C. (Ham) Horton, Jr.: 43,590 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Donn Linton: 5,857

District 32

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Linda Garrou Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Linda Garrou Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Ronald Gilbert Coleman: 3,495
  • Stan Bingham: 8,609 Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Republican Party Stan Bingham Green check mark transparent.png

District 34

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Debra Brown Groce: 3,305
  • John Carlyle Sherrill III: 4,720 Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Andrew C. Brock: 6,816 Approveda
  • Baxter (Bo) Turner: 957
  • Gus Andrews: 5,972
  • Mac Butner: 4,830
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • J. Conrad Jones Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Carlyle Sherrill III: 17,625
Republican Party Andrew C. Brock: 28,593 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party J. Conrad Jones: 1,290

District 35

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Frank McGuirt Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Clayton Loflin: 1,541
  • Eddie Goodall: 2,122
  • Fern Shubert: 5,823 Approveda
  • Paul Standridge: 1,220
  • W. P. (Bill) Davis: 1,122

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Frank McGuirt: 16,903
Republican Party Fern Shubert: 33,822 Green check mark transparent.png

District 36

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Larry Harris Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr. Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Mike Helms Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Larry Harris: 13,363
Republican Party Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr.: 31,428 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Mike Helms: 2,664

District 37

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Dan Clodfelter Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dan Clodfelter Green check mark transparent.png

District 38

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Charlie Dannelly Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Charlie Dannelly Green check mark transparent.png

District 39

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Joe Spencer Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Bob Rucho Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Heather Head Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joe Spencer: 18,244
Republican Party Bob Rucho: 37,700 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Heather Head: 1,919

District 40

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • T.L. (Fountain) Odom Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Robert Pittenger Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Steven Wright Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party T.L. (Fountain) Odom: 23,704
Republican Party Robert Pittenger: 29,979 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Steven Wright: 1,272

District 41

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Victor Crosby Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • R.B. Sloan, Jr. Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Victor Crosby: 14,261
Republican Party R.B. Sloan, Jr.: 30,338 Green check mark transparent.png

District 42

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Jim Forrester: 9,625 Approveda
  • Ronald Pope: 2,337

November 5 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jim Forrester Green check mark transparent.png

District 43

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • David W. Hoyle Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Michael Harrington Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David W. Hoyle: 18,958 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Michael Harrington: 16,805

District 44

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Austin Allran: 5,728 Approveda
  • William R. (Bill) McDonald III: 3,358

November 5 General election candidates:

Republican Party Austin Allran Green check mark transparent.png

District 45

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Mollie Marlene C. Laws Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Ken Moore: 5,088
  • Virginia Foxx: 8,331 Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Fran Grig Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mollie Marlene C. Laws: 18,602
Republican Party Virginia Foxx: 32,971 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Fran Grig: 1,768

District 46

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Walter H. Dalton Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • John Weatherly Approveda
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Tony Brown Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Walter H. Dalton: 22,251 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Weatherly: 19,118
Libertarian Party Tony Brown: 1,072

District 47

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Joe Sam Queen Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Garry W. Aldridge: 964
  • Gregg Thompson: 5,749 Approveda
  • Judith C. Fraser: 2,671
  • Keith W. Presnell: 4,307
Libertarian Party September 10 Libertarian primary:
  • Sherry Hill Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joe Sam Queen: 25,022 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Gregg Thompson: 24,375
Libertarian Party Sherry Hill: 1,619

District 48

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Robert Cogburn Burris Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Grady H. Hawkins: 4,636
  • Jesse Ledbetter: 2,905
  • Ralph Ledford: 4,081
  • Tom Apodaca: 6,182 Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Cogburn Burris: 16,291
Republican Party Tom Apodaca: 32,685 Green check mark transparent.png

District 49

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Steve Metcalf Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • R. L. Clark Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Steve Metcalf: 26,459 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party R.L. Clark: 20,845

District 50

Democratic Party September 10 Democratic primary:
  • Dan Robinson Approveda
Republican Party September 10 GOP primary:
  • Bob Carpenter Approveda

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dan Robinson: 23,164
Republican Party Bob Carpenter: 30,032 Green check mark transparent.png

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